Casual Dining Group (CDG) has confirmed that Mos Shamel is to step down as managing director of Las Iguanas after 16 years at the helm.

Shamel has decided to pursue a new challenge outside the group, the details of which are yet to be disclosed, with a successor to Shamel to be announced in the coming months.

Commenting on his departure, James Spragg, CEO of CDG, said: “We would like to place on record our sincere thanks to Mos for his immense contribution to Las Iguanas, which has grown into one of the UK’s leading restaurant-bar businesses, and one that is consistently placed in The Sunday Times’ prestigious Top 100 Companies To Work For.

“He leaves Las Iguanas in great shape, with a really strong and motivated team, and in impressive like-for-like sales growth, and we wish Mos the best for the future.”

Shamel added: “I have thoroughly enjoyed the journey with Las Iguanas and CDG, and this was an incredibly difficult decision, as this is a great business with fantastic people, but after 16 years it is time for me embrace a fresh challenge.”

Las Iguanas operates 55 sites and has just launched in Bracknell and is set open in Watford later this summer.