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Benihana names new CEO as Schwartz retires

MIAMI Benihana Inc. has named board member Richard C. Stockinger chief executive to replace Joel A. Schwartz, who is retiring, the parent of three Japanese-theme chains said Tuesday.

Schwartz is also stepping down from his role as chairman. Benihana said it has tapped former director Darwin C. Dornbush to serve as non-executive chairman and John E. Abdo, a longtime board member, to act as vice chairman.

Schwartz, who has been with Benihana for

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