Paramount Restaurants, the operator of the Chez Gerard, Bertorelli and Caffé Uno chains, has named Mark Phillips, the ex-Whitbread director, as its chief executive. Phillips was the former managing director of Whitbread’s pubs and restaurants division, who left the company following the group’s decision to combine its hotels and restaurants business. He will succeed Nick Basing, who has departed the restaurant group to become a director of Dawnay Day, the former owner of Paramount.