California Pizza Kitchen Names New EVP and CFO

by Katie Lee

Los Angeles — California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) has appointed Judd Tirnauer as executive vice president and chief financial officer. With over 25 years of 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.

“CPK is proud to welcome Judd to the team,” says Jim Hyatt, CEO of CPK. “With his proven track record in finance with both public and private equity brands, we are confident in Judd’s expertise and ability to lead CPK’s financial strategy and build on the company’s business momentum.”

Tirnauer most recently served as the CFO for Black Angus Steakhouse in Sherman Oaks, Calif., and previously with Real Mex Restaurants and Wet Seal. He also spent 15 years at Destination Maternity Corporation.

At the beginning of December, California Pizza Kitchen successfully completed its financial restructuring process and emerged from Chapter 11, with plans to expand its footprint.

Founded in Beverly Hills, Calif., in 1985, CPK’s global footprint includes more than more than 200 restaurants in eight 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. For more information, visit



SOURCE: California Pizza Kitchen


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