CEO, California Pizza Kitchen Inc. Hart took over for California Pizza Kitchen founders Rick Rosenfield and Larry Flax in September 2011, a tough time for the casual-dining chain. CPK had posted same-store sales declines of 6.6 percent in 2009 and 2.4 percent in 2010 before the chain was acquired in July 2011 by Golden Gate Capital for $470 million. Now private, CPK has been quietly retooling. Tactics to shore up sales have included new pizza ingredients — by midyear in 2013, ...

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