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BJ's Restaurants Inc (BJRI.OQ)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Gerald Deitchle

65 2013 Chairman of the Board

Gregory Trojan

57 2013 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Gregory Levin

49 2008 Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President, Secretary

Kevin Mayer

47 2014 Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer

Lon Ledwith

59 2015 Executive Vice President - Operations

Gregory Lynds

55 2007 Executive Vice President, Chief Development Officer

Brian Krakower

46 2013 Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer

Kendra Miller

42 2013 Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Assistant Secretary

Jeffrey Fowler

51 2016 Senior Vice President, Chief Supply Chain Officer

Alexander Puchner

55 1996 Senior Vice President - Brewing Operations

Peter Bassi

67 Lead Independent Director

James Dal Pozzo

58 2001 Director

Lawrence Bouts

68 2004 Independent Director

Noah Elbogen

34 2014 Independent Director

Wesley Nichols

52 2013 Independent Director

Lea Anne Ottinger

58 2010 Independent Director

Patrick Walsh

41 2014 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Gerald Deitchle

Mr. Gerald W. Deitchle serves as Chairman of the Board of BJ's Restaurants, Inc. He has been a member of our Board of Directors since November 2004 and has served as our Chairman of the Board since June 2008. He served as our President from February 2005 until December 2012 and as our Chief Executive Officer from February 2005 until his retirement in February 2013. From April 2004 to January 2005, Mr. Deitchle served as President, Chief Operating Officer and a director of Fired Up, Inc., a privately held company that owns, operates and franchises the Johnny Carino’s Italian restaurant concept. From 1995 to 2004, he was a member of the executive management team at The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated, a publicly-held operator of upscale casual dining restaurants, with his last position as corporate President. From 1984 to 1995, he was employed by the parent company of Long John Silver’s Restaurants, Inc., with his last position as Executive Vice President. Mr. Deitchle currently serves as a consultant to us and as a part-time advisor to privately held businesses. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Fogo de Chao, Inc., (NASDAQ: FOGO), an operator of Brazilian-style steakhouses. Mr. Deitchle previously served on the Board of Directors of Committed Capital Acquisitions Corporation. With eight years of prior experience as our President and Chief Executive Officer and as our Chairman since June 2008, in addition to over 35 years of executive and financial management experience with large, national restaurant and retail companies, both privately-held and publicly-held, the Board believes Mr. Deitchle has the experience necessary to help guide the development of our strategic positioning and expansion plans.

Gregory Trojan

Mr. Gregory A. Trojan serves as President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of BJ's Restaurants, Inc., since February 1, 2013. He has served as our President and a member of our Board of Directors since December 3, 2012, and as our Chief Executive Officer since February 1, 2013. Prior to joining us, Mr. Trojan was employed by Guitar Center, Inc., a leading retailer of musical instrument products, where he served as President, Chief Executive Officer and Director from November 2010 to November 2012 and as President, Chief Operating Officer and Director from October 2007 to November 2010. From 1998 to 2006, Mr. Trojan served as Chief Executive Officer of House of Blues Entertainment, Inc., an operator of restaurant and music venues, concerts and media properties, having served as President from 1996 to 1998. Prior to that, he held various positions with PepsiCo, Inc. from 1990 to 1996, including service as Chief Executive Officer of California Pizza Kitchen, Inc., when it was owned by PepsiCo. Earlier in his career, Mr. Trojan was a consultant at Bain & Company, the Wharton Small Business Development Center and Arthur Andersen & Company. Mr. Trojan served on the Board of Directors of Oakley, Inc. from June 2005 to November 2007. Since March 2010, he has served as a director of Domino’s Pizza, Inc.

Gregory Levin

Mr. Gregory S. Levin serves as Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President, Secretary of BJ's Restaurants, Inc. He has served as our Chief Financial Officer since September 2005. He was promoted to Executive Vice President in October 2007 and added the post of Secretary in June 2008. From February 2004 to August 2005, Mr. Levin served as Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of SB Restaurant Company, a privately held company that operated the Elephant Bar Restaurants. From 1996 to 2004, Mr. Levin was employed by California Pizza Kitchen, Inc., operator and licensor of casual dining restaurants, with his last position as Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary. Earlier in his career, he served as an audit manager with Ernst & Young LLP.

Kevin Mayer

Mr. Kevin E. Mayer serves as Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer of BJ'S Restaurants, Inc. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Mayer was employed by Volkswagen of America, the U.S. subsidiary of the second largest global auto brand, Volkswagen AG, where he served as Vice President of Marketing from June 2012 to December 2013. From October 2010 to June 2012, Mr. Mayer was employed by General Motors and served as their Director of Global Advertising and Promotions for Chevrolet. Prior to that, Mr. Mayer served as the Director of Marketing Communications for Subaru of America from March 2007 to October 2010. Early in his career, Mr. Mayer served in a variety of agency and client-side leadership roles such as Grey Advertising.

Lon Ledwith

Mr. Lon F. Ledwith serves as Executive Vice President - Operations of BJ's Restaurants, Inc. He has served as our Executive Vice President of Operations since April 2015. Prior to this responsibility, he served as our Senior Vice President of Operations Talent Development from January 2010 to March 2015, as our Senior Vice President of Restaurant Operations from April 2006 to December 2009, and as Vice President of Operations from February 2004 to March 2006. From July 1981 to November 2003, Mr. Ledwith was employed by Brinker International, Inc., with his last position as a Regional Vice President of the Chili’s Grill & Bar concept.

Gregory Lynds

Mr. Gregory S. Lynds serves as Executive Vice President, Chief Development Officer of BJ's Restaurants, Inc. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Lynds served as a Director of Real Estate for Darden Restaurants, Inc., the largest casual dining company in America. Prior to joining Darden, Mr. Lynds served as Vice President of Real Estate and Development for Wilshire Restaurant Group (Marie Callender’s and East Side Mario’s) and was a partner responsible for expanding the Mimi’s Café brand.

Brian Krakower

Mr. Brian S. Krakower serves as Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer of BJ's Restaurants, Inc. He has served as our Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer since February 2013. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Krakower served as Chief Technology Officer for Restaurant Revolution Technologies, a restaurant order management technology solutions company. From 2007 to 2012, Mr. Krakower was employed by California Pizza Kitchen, Inc., operator and licensor of casual dining restaurants, with his last position as Vice President of Information Technology. From 2003 to 2007, Mr. Krakower served as Senior Director of Information Technology – Corporate Systems for The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated, a publicly held operator of upscale casual dining restaurants. Prior to that, Mr. Krakower was employed by House of Blues Entertainment, Inc., an operator of restaurant and music venues, concerts and media properties, where he served as its Senior Director of Information Systems & Technology from 1997 to 2003.

Kendra Miller

Ms. Kendra D. Miller serves as Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Assistant Secretary of BJ's Restaurants, Inc. Ms. Miller has served as our Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Assistant Secretary since March 2011. From August 2008 to February 2011, Ms. Miller practiced law as a partner at the international law firm of Crowell & Moring LLP in Irvine, California. From January 2001 to August 2008, she was employed by Carlton, DiSante & Freudenberger LLP, where she became a partner in January 2008. From September 1999 to December 2000, she practiced law at Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP in Los Angeles, California. In her private practice, she litigated on behalf of and counseled numerous restaurant chains on employment law and business matters.

Jeffrey Fowler

Mr. Jeffrey H. Fowler serves as Senior Vice President, Chief Supply Chain Officer of the Company. He has served as our Senior Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer since November 2016. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Fowler served as Vice President of Operations and Supply Chain Management for Lands O’ Lakes from 2011 to 2015. Prior to that, Mr. Fowler was employed by Foster Dairy Farms/Crystal Creamery where he served as Vice President of Operations and Transportation from 2008 to 2011. From 2005 to 2008, Mr. Fowler was employed by Campbell’s Soup and served as their Director of Operations and Director of Supply Chain Strategy. Earlier in his career he served in various management roles for HP Hood LLC and Safeway Stores in their Supply divisions.

Alexander Puchner

Mr. Alexander M. Puchner serves as Senior Vice President - Brewing Operations f BJ's Restaurants, Inc. Mr. Puchner has served as our Senior Vice President of Brewing Operations since 1996. From 1993 to 1995, Mr. Puchner was a founder and brewmaster for a number of southern California-based breweries, including Laguna Beach Brewing Co., Huntington Beach Beer Co., Newport Beach Brewing Co. and Westwood Brewing Co. From 1988 to 1993, Mr. Puchner served as a product manager for Aviva Sports/Mattel Inc. and as a marketing research manager for Mattel Inc. Mr. Puchner has been a nationally certified beer judge since 1990.

Peter Bassi

Mr. Peter A. Bassi serves as Lead Independent Director of BJ's Restaurants, Inc. He has been a member of our Board of Directors since September 2004 and currently serves as our Lead Independent Director. Mr. Bassi retired in 2005 as Chairman of Yum! Restaurants International (also known as “YRI”). YRI is the International Division of Yum! Brands, Inc. (“Yum!”), which operates and franchises Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, and KFC Restaurants. Mr. Bassi led YRI from June 1997 to 2005. Prior to this assignment, he was in charge of YRI’s Asian business. Yum! was created in 1997 in a spin-off from PepsiCo, Inc. Mr. Bassi joined PepsiCo in 1972 in the Pepsi-Cola Company division. During his long tenure at PepsiCo, Mr. Bassi served in various assignments at Pepsi-Cola International, Pizza Hut (U.S. and International), Frito-Lay, and Taco Bell. Mr. Bassi currently serves as a director for publicly-held Potbelly Sandwich Works (NASDAQ: PBPB), publicly-held Yum China (NASDAQ: YUMC), and Mekong Capital, a Vietnamese private equity firm. From 2002 to 2009, Mr. Bassi also served on the board of publicly-held The Pep Boys—Manny, Moe & Jack (NYSE: PBY) and from 2013 to 2015, he served on the board of publicly-held AmRest Holdings SE (WSE: EAT), which is based in Poland. Mr. Bassi brings uniquely-suited management experience to the Board as well as extensive marketing knowledge and expertise from his almost 40 years in the food and beverage industry.

James Dal Pozzo

Mr. James A. Dal Pozzo serves as Director of the BJ's Restaurants, Inc., since January 26, 2001. Since January 2013, Mr. Dal Pozzo has served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of The Jacmar Companies. Mr. Dal Pozzo served as the President of The Jacmar Companies from 1993 to January 2013, and was Jacmar’s Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer from 1987 to 1992. Prior to working for the Jacmar Companies, Mr. Dal Pozzo served as the Chief Financial Officer of the Ojai Ranch and Investment Company in 1992. Mr. Dal Pozzo is a Certified Public Accountant and was with Peat Marwick from 1981 to 1987, where he specialized in the restaurant, distribution, retail and manufacturing industries.

Lawrence Bouts

Mr. Lawrence D. Bouts serves as Independent Director of BJ's Restaurants, Inc., since April 2004. Mr. Bouts currently serves as an investor and advisor to several early-stage companies in various industry segments, including technology, energy and consumer-oriented businesses. Previously, Mr. Bouts served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Six Flags Theme Parks while a private company. Prior to that, he led the launch of the Toys “R” Us international expansion throughout Canada, Australia, Europe, and Asia as President of the International Division, successfully developing a profitable multi-billion dollar offshore retail brand in over 25 countries. Mr. Bouts spent 13 years at PepsiCo, Inc. where he held various planning and finance positions, including Chief Financial Officer of two of PepsiCo’s operating divisions.

Noah Elbogen

Mr. Noah A. Elbogen serves as Independent Director of BJ'S RESTAURANTS, INC. Mr. Elbogen has been a member of our Board of Directors since June 2014. Mr. Elbogen currently serves as Managing Member and Chief Executive Officer of Misada Capital Group LLC. From July 2011 to July 2016, Mr. Elbogen served as an Investment Analyst at Luxor Capital Group, LP, a New York-based investment manager, where he focused primarily on the restaurant sector. Prior to joining Luxor Capital Group, Mr. Elbogen served as a Research Analyst covering the consumer sector at S.A.C. Capital Management, LLC from August 2009 to June 2011, at Highbridge Capital Management, LLC from January 2007 to January 2009, and at Scout Capital Management LLC from August 2005 to January 2007. Mr. Elbogen began his investment career as an Equity Research Associate at Bear Stearns where he covered the Specialty Retail and Hardlines sectors. Mr. Elbogen previously served in an advisory role to Murray’s Falafel, a privately-held fast casual restaurant, which he co-founded in 2002.

Wesley Nichols

Mr. Wesley A. Nichols serves as Independent Director of BJ's Restaurants, Inc. Mr. Nichols has been a member of our Board of Directors since December 2013. From January 2005 until December 2015, Mr. Nichols served as co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of MarketShare, a leading analytics company that helps businesses grow revenue more efficiently via predictive marketing analytics and cross-media attribution to quantify what drives demand. In December 2015, Neustar (NYSE: NSR), a leading company in authenticated identity for marketing and security, acquired MarketShare and Mr. Nichols served as Chief Strategy Officer until December 2016. Prior to starting MarketShare, Mr. Nichols was with Omnicom Group (NYSE: OMC) as President and CEO of TEQUILA, North America, one of the world’s largest digital marketing agency networks. From 1994 to 2001, he was co-founder and Managing Partner of Direct Partners, which was acquired by Omnicom Group. Mr. Nichols is also a member of the Board of Trustees at Randolph-Macon College and on the board of publicly-held TrueCar, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRUE).

Lea Anne Ottinger

Ms. Lea Anne S. Ottinger serves as Independent Director of BJ's Restaurants, Inc., since August 16, 2010. In 1998, Ms. Ottinger founded LMR Advisors, where she serves as a strategic business consultant supporting growth-oriented businesses primarily in the consumer/retail sector. Building upon her career in private equity (as a Vice President of Berkshire Partners, and its predecessor, Thomas H. Lee Company), her focus is on mergers & acquisitions and monetization strategies that enhance business expansion and realization of stakeholder financial objectives. From 1990 to 1998, she was a franchise owner and operator of several of The Body Shop™ skin and hair care stores, and served as a national representative to the Franchisee Board. Ms. Ottinger currently serves on the Board of Directors of Savers, Inc., the largest thrift store retailer in the world. From June 2004 until its acquisition in March 2010, she served on the Board of Directors of Bare Escentuals, Inc. (formerly NASDAQ: BARE), one of the leading cosmetic companies in the United States. Ms. Ottinger is also a member of Stanford Women on Boards.

Patrick Walsh

Mr. Patrick D. Walsh serves as Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Walsh has been a member of our Board of Directors since June 2014. Mr. Walsh has served as the Managing Member and Chief Executive Officer of PW Partners, LLC, the general partner of PW Partners Master Fund LP (“PW Master Fund”), and PW Partners Atlas Funds, LLC, the general partner of PW Partners Atlas Fund II LP (“Atlas Fund II”) and PW Partners Atlas Fund LP (“Atlas Fund I”) since August 2012. In addition, since September 2012, Mr. Walsh has served as Managing Member of PW Partners Capital Management LLC, the management company with respect to each of Atlas Fund I, Atlas Fund II and PW Master Fund. From December 2011 to August 2012, Mr. Walsh was Managing Partner of PWK Partners, LLC, a value-oriented, private investment firm. From September 2011 to December 2011, Mr. Walsh engaged in activities relating to the formation of PWK Partners, LLC and its affiliated funds. From March 2008 to September 2011, Mr. Walsh served as a Partner at Oak Street Capital Management, LLC, a long-short, value-oriented, private investment management firm. Mr. Walsh has served as a director of Famous Dave’s of America, Inc. (NASDAQ: DAVE), an owner, operator and franchisor of barbecue restaurants, since April 2013, where he also serves as Chairman of the Compensation Committee and as a member of the Strategic Planning and Audit Committees. He also has served on the Board of Directors of Del Taco Restaurants, Inc. (NASDAQ: TACO) since the business combination of Levy Acquisition Corporation and Del Taco Holdings, Inc. in June 2015. In March 2015, Mr. Walsh was appointed to the Board of Directors of Town Sports International Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLUB), an owner and operator of fitness clubs in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States. Mr. Walsh is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

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