Deliveroo seeking head of rider engagement

14 Dec 2017

Deliveroo is looking to improve the working experience of its riders in order to “positively impact retention”

Famous Brands appoints new GBK MD

13 Dec 2017

Famous Brands has appointed a new management team for Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK), including a new managing director – Derrian Nadauld

Wagamama appoints new US MD

13 Dec 2017

Wagamama has appointed Burton Heiss, formerly chief executive of Nando’s USA, as its new managing director for the US

Lynch swaps Greene King for Admiral

13 Dec 2017

Kieran Lynch, formerly of Greene King and Spirit Pub Company, has joined Admiral Taverns as a regional operations director

Cottons founder laments consumer squeeze

13 Dec 2017

Cottons founder Chris Singam has told MCA “the chickens have come home to roost” as a consumer spending squeeze hurts restaurant trading.

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Robin Rowand, YO! Sushi CEO

A new slice of the action

28 Nov 2017

Robin Rowland is now stepping aside at YO! Sushi to let Richard Hodgson, the former chief executive of PizzaExpress, build on a strong foundation and momentum. He has tried to pass the baton on before, but this time everything looks set fair for it to work out for everyone involved

There’s nothing worse than a grumpy CEO

24 Nov 2017

Against the backdrop of a challenging business environment, where markets are more judgmental and unforgiving, how important is the tone that the CEO sets within an organisation, asks Tim Clouting, Partner at Savannah Group.

Byron Interior

For better or worse

26 Sep 2017

After a few months of searching, Hutton Collins, the backer of better burger chain Byron, has decided to stick with what it knows, in appointing Simon Cope as its new chief executive. It will now be down to Cope to plot a steady course to take the brand back to where it was – one of the sector’s key growth brands

Using timing and luck to your advantage

10 Aug 2017

At leading executive recruitment agency, the Savannah Group’s latest quarterly Hospitality, Travel & Leisure Boardroom Lunch, partner Tim Clouting discussed with sector chairman and chief executives how to use timing and luck to your advantage, how do you become better at it and how do you bring them more firmly under your control

david campbell wagamama

Inside track: Next in line

12 Jun 2017

A plethora of changes at the top across some of the UK’s leading and up-and-coming eating and drinking-out groups has thrown up questions on the role of succession planning in the sector and whether private-equity groups are increasingly questioning existing growth strategies and those they have backed to implement them in the face of a challenging trading environment. Mark Wingett gets the thoughts of leading recruitment executives.

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