California Pizza Kitchen Names Jeff Warne as New CEO

  • Jeff Warne, a California Pizza Kitchen board member, will take over the CEO place from Jim Hyatt efficient instantly, the corporate stated.
  • Warne is a former CEO of Perkins, Marie Callender’s and O’Charley’s and served as COO of TGI Friday’s Worldwide, amongst different top-level positions.

Jeff Warne will assume the position of CEO of California Pizza Kitchen (CPK), the corporate has introduced. Warne has been a CPK board member since November 2020 and brings greater than 23 years of C-suite expertise within the restaurant trade to the job.

Efficient instantly, Warne will change Jim Hyatt, CPK’s former CEO and president since 2018.

“We’re thrilled to have Jeff within the CEO position at this unbelievable model,” stated Michael O’Donnell, chairman of CPK’s board of administrators. “He’s a confirmed chief with deep restaurant expertise who understands the CPK enterprise and its innovation DNA. He’s uniquely positioned to take CPK to its subsequent section of development and has already had a huge effect on the group. We sit up for supporting him as he continues to deliver to life his imaginative and prescient.”
Warne has a wealth of expertise and specialised data of the hospitality class. He beforehand served as president and CEO of Perkins, Marie Callender’s LLC, and O’Charley’s Inc. He was additionally president of Choose Up Stix, COO of TGI Friday’s Worldwide, and CFO of Carlson Eating places Worldwide. He sits on the board of administrators of The Nashville Meals Undertaking and previously served on the board of the Second Harvest Meals Financial institution in Tennessee.

CPK, which emerged from chapter in late 2020, has skilled regular development previously yr, the corporate stated in a press launch. The chain has “maintained robust pre-pandemic efficiency ranges, assisted by returns within the firm’s investments in its loyalty program (CPK Rewards), digital visitor expertise upgrades, menu innovation, and an expanded franchising program highlighted by latest restaurant openings in Canada, India, Chile and Costa Rica,” the press launch acknowledged.

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