Larry Ryback Named Chief Operating Officer of P.F. Chang’s
02/17/2012 – Scottsdale, Ariz. – P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Inc. (NASDAQ: PFCB) today announced the appointment of Larry Ryback as Chief Operating Officer of the P.F. Chang’s concept, effective March 2012. Mr. Ryback has more than 20 years of restaurant operations experience and will be vacating the Chief Operating Officer position at Kona Grill, Inc. to join P.F. Chang’s.
Prior to Kona Grill, Ryback was the Chief Operating Officer for Redstone American Grill. Ryback graduated from Rowan University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management.
“We are thrilled to welcome Larry as COO of P.F. Chang’s,” said Lane Cardwell, President of the P.F. Chang’s concept. “I am excited to work with him as we continue to elevate and evolve the P.F. Chang’s brand for the future. Larry is philosophically aligned with the key factors that have been the hallmarks of our success: strong operations, culinary execution, hospitality and development of people. We admire the significant impact of his efforts during his tenure at Kona Grill and look forward to leveraging his skills as we continue to move our brand forward.”
Berke Bakay, President and CEO of Kona Grill stated, "We want to thank Larry for his service to Kona Grill and we wish him the best in his new endeavor. We have a very deep pool of operational talent that have been instrumental in driving some of the best restaurant level operating margins in the casual dining space. We expect to draw upon these internal candidates to fill the position and I remain confident in the opportunities we have to build upon our recent financial successes."
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