HUNTINGTON BEACH Calif. BJ’s Restaurants Inc. has assigned president and chief executive Gerald W. “Jerry” Deitchle the additional responsibilities of chairman, the casual-dining operator announced Wednesday after its shareholder meeting. Deitchle assumes the duties from company co-founders Paul Motenko and Jerry Hennessy, who split the post as co-chairmen. The two remain on BJ’s board.In making the announcement, the company noted that Peter A. Bassi is the board’s “lead independent ...

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