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California Pizza Kitchen Hires New EVP, CFO


California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) announced today the appointment of Judd Tirnauer as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

The hire comes as CPK emerges from Chapter 11 reorganization.

With over 25 years of progressive finance and strategic planning experience mainly in the restaurant and retail business, including over 10 years in the CFO role, Tirnauer will lead CPK’s financial restructuring strategy, focus on growth opportunities, and oversee the accounting and finance teams.

Judd most recently served as the CFO for Black Angus Steakhouse in Sherman Oaks, Calif. and prior with Real Mex Restaurants and Wet Seal. 

Founded in Beverly Hills, Calif. in 1985, CPK is celebrating 35 years of creating California-style pizzas and more. CPK is known for culinary innovations that lead the trends, served in a relaxed yet vibrant setting anchored by CPK’s hearth pizza oven and open kitchen, where guests can watch their meals prepared from scratch.

CPK’s global footprint includes more than more than 200 restaurants in 8 countries and U.S. territories, which includes 40 international franchise locations as well as 16 domestic franchise locations in airports, casinos and stadiums throughout the United States.

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