Byron, the Three Hills Capital Partners-backed burger chain, has appointed Russell Hoare, as its new chief financial officer, MCA has learnt.

Hoare joins the Simon Cope-led business, which is currently closing a number of sites on the back of a Company Voluntary Agreement, from the listed JKS Oil & Gas, where he was chief financial officer for a year and a half.

Prior to that he spent seven years as chief financial officer and latterly chief operating officer at Russ Outdoor, the Russian advertising firm.

He replaces David Brown, a former finance director of Greene King, who joined Byron as its interim chief financial director at the end of last year to help see it through the CVA process.

Brown replaced Byron’s long term chief financial officer Simon Boston, who joined the company from Gondola Group in 2012. Boston left Byron at the end of February to join Flat Iron.

The CVA, which was approved in February, could eventually see up to 20 of the brand’s 67 sites closed. Around 15 of those sites have already been closed.

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