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Kura Sushi Adds Native Foods CEO to Board

Irvine revolving sushi bar concept Kura Sushi USA Inc. (Nasdaq: KRUS) said it added Native Foods CEO Carin Stutz to its board of directors.

The appointment is effective Dec. 1.

Stutz is currently president and CEO of Chicago plant-based fast-casual chain Native Foods, which counts more than a dozen locations including an OC restaurant in Costa Mesa. Stutz, prior to Native, served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Inc.

Stutz fills a position on the board previously occupied by Hiroyuki Okamoto, who is chief communications officer of Kura’s parent Kura Sushi Inc. in Japan.

Kura Sushi USA, with 33 locations, had a recent market cap of $614.2 million. The company’s shares closed down 3.1% to $63.30 Monday.

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