Five Guys, the better burger brand, which has expanded to over 70 sites in the UK, has appointed Paul Reynish, formerly of Dunkin’ Brands and Subway, as its new international chief executive.

Reynish joins the company after seven years with Dunkin’s Brand, most recently as vice-president international. Prior to that he was chief executive of Subway’s international franchisee advertising fund.

He joins the brand as it gears up to make its debut in the Netherlands, with the first site in the country expected to open for Christmas in Eindhoven, with a further opening in Utrecht to follow.

Reynish, who is best in Holland, said: “We think there is room for over 20 restaurants in the country. I think we can achieve it within three or four years.

Five Guys saw UK revenue grow by 36% in the year to 25 December 2016, to £86.2m with EBITDA growing 23% to £11.8m.

The group made a loss of £6.2m in the UK during the year due to pre-opening costs, financing of debt and a tax charge.

A total of 19 stores were opened during the period, taking the UK total to 59 by the end of the financial year.

During the year, Five Guys UK also opened two stores in France & one in Spain. The first French store is averaging £163k per week in sales.

The group reported a strong property pipeline for 2017, including expansion in Paris and other regions in France, as well as several new restaurants in Spain.

The company is set to make its debut in Germany this autumn, in Frankfurt.