AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 6, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Chuy's Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq:CHUY) today announced that Saed Mohseni and Starlette Johnson have been appointed as independent members of its Board of Directors, effective September 4, 2012. Mr. Mohseni and Ms. Johnson were also appointed to the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors. Joe Ferreira, Chairman of Chuy's Holdings, stated, "We are excited to have the opportunity to bring two high quality individuals onto our Board. Saed and Starlette bring valuable leadership and restaurant industry experience to our entire organization. Their strategic planning and operations skills, combined with a history of developing outstanding people will be an asset not only to our Board, but also to our senior management team as we continue to grow our restaurant base." Saed Mohseni is a highly respected executive with more than 26 years of restaurant industry experience. Mr. Mohseni currently serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Bravo Brio Restaurant Group, Inc., the owner and operator of BRAVO! Cucina Italiana and BRIO Tuscan Grille. He was recruited to the Chief Executive Officer position in 2007, assumed the additional role of President in 2009 and led the company through the IPO process in 2010. Under his leadership, Bravo Brio has opened more than 50 restaurants and is widely viewed as one of the premier and fastest growing companies within the polished casual dining segment. Prior to joining Bravo Brio, Mr. Mohseni served as Chief Executive Officer from 2000 to 2007 and as a Director from 2004 to 2007 at McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurants, Inc. During his 21-year career at McCormick & Schmick's, he held positions of increasing responsibility, including general manager (1986), senior manager (1988-1993), vice president of operations-California (1993- 1997), senior vice president of operations (1997-1999), and Chief Executive Officer (2000-2007). Mr. Mohseni attended Portland State University and Oregon State University.