Huntington Beach-based BJ’s Restaurants Inc. (Nasdaq: BJRI) said President and CFO Gregory Levin will succeed CEO Gregory Trojan in the top spot at the restaurant chain later this year.


Trojan, who has served as BJ’s CEO for almost nine years, is set to retire Sept. 1, when Levin will become president and CEO. Trojan is expected to remain on the BJ’s board of directors.


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Levin is a long-time BJ’s executive having joined the company in 2005 as CFO. He added president to that title in 2018.


Thomas Houdek, who is currently vice president of strategy and financial planning and analysis, will succeed Levin to become senior vice president and chief financial officer Sept. 1.


BJ’s, which had a recent market cap of $1.1 billion, totals 212 restaurants in 29 states.