Carluccio’s, the all-day Italian café chain led by Simon Kossoff, has appointed Mike Keefe, formerly of Caffe Nero, as its first international development director as it looks to further grow its estate overseas, M&C Report has learnt. Keefe, who had been with Caffe Nero since January 2005, oversaw the coffee chain’s move into Turkey and the Middle East. He has led the rollout of a variety of other brands across Europe, the Middle East and America. He will report into Kossoff and will oversee the growth and expansion of the Carluccio’s franchise internationally. Carluccio’s currently operates 57 sites in the UK and has five franchise outlets in the Middle East, three in Dubai, one in Qatar, one in Kuwait, as well as a site in Dublin. Kossoff said: “We are extremely excited about having Mike on board to oversee the developments and expansion of this much loved Italian establishment abroad. We have no doubt his knowledge and experience will be a huge success.” The chain was acquired by the Landmark Group, its franchise partner in the Middle East, in September 2010. Landmark plans to open 25 restaurants under the all-day Italian café brand across the Middle East by 2015. It is understood that MBS Group, the specialist recruitment firm, advised on the new appointment.