California Pizza Kitchen names G.J. Hart CEO

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.

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