Mexican restaurant group Chilango has appointed Samantha Sellers, formerly of Bravissimo, as its new finance director, MCA has learnt.

Sellers joins the 13-strong group after over two and a half years as finance director at Bravissimo. Previous to that she was financial controller at Jigsaw UK and a senior finance manager at Ted Baker.

Atif Amin, formerly of Comptoir Libanais and Ping Pong, had previously been working as a consultant finance director for Chilango, which last year raised just over £3.4m through crowdfunding.

As reported by MCA yesterday, the group is to strengthen its regional presence next year, with openings lined up in Bristol, Glasgow and Leeds.

MCA understands that the group, which is led by Eric Partaker and Dan Houghton, will make its debut in the South West, with an opening in Bristol’s High Street.

The company, which is exploring international expansion opportunities, has also lined up openings in Bold Street, Leeds, and the Sauchiehall Building in Glasgow for next year.

Chilango opened its first site in the North West in Manchester, earlier this year and recently launched in the new Boxpark scheme in Croydon.

MCA understands that the company has a number of sites under offer both regionally and in London as it looks to kick start its strategy to open 50 sites across 20 UK cities by 2021.