California Pizza Kitchen Inc. has named former Texas Roadhouse chief executive G.J. Hart its new president, chief executive and executive chairman, succeeding Rick Rosenfield and Larry Flax, the CPK co-founders.
The Los Angeles-based owner of the namesake 262-unit casual-dining chain said its going-private buyout in July made it the right time to bring in new leadership. CPK was purchased by private-equity firm Golden Gate Capital for $470 million.
In a joint statemen