CALABASAS HILLS, CALIF. – David M. Gordon has been named president of The Cheesecake Factory, Inc.

With 20 years of experience at the company, Mr. Gordon was previously chief operating officer of The Cheesecake Factory and Grand Lux Café restaurants. He replaces Michael Jannini.

“David is well-deserving of this promotion, as he has been instrumental in driving our restaurant operations to be more efficient and effective, while at the same time increasing our standards for quality and service,” said  David Overton, chief executive officer. “He also plays an important role in our international expansion with his operational expertise and leadership abilities.”

The Cheesecake Factory has tapped Spero Alex as senior vice-president of operations. Mr. Alex was most recently a regional vice-president at the company.