Handley Amos, former regional director for Nando’s in London, is set to become the new UK managing director of Rossopomodoro, the Italian restaurant chain, M&C Report understands.

Amos, who started as a general manager at Nando’s 12 years ago, eventually becoming a regional director overseeing over 100 sites, will report into Franco Manna president and founder of Rossopomodoro.

He replaces Simone Falco, who stepped down as managing director the three-strong UK chain to oversee the group’s US operations.

It is thought that Amos will take up his new role later this summer.

Private equity group Change Capital acquired a majority stake in the Rossopomodoro, which comprises 113 outlets in Italy and eight overseas, including two in the US, in January this year. The deal valued the business at around Eu53m (£44.7m).

Rossopomodoro first launched in the UK in 2006 and operates three London-based restaurants in Chelsea, Covent Garden and Notting Hill.

Change Capital, which is run by the former Marks & Spencer executives Luc Vandevelde and Roger Holmes, plans further international expansion for the business and is looking to build upon the initial openings in the UK.

It is understood that MBS Group, the specialist recruitment firm, advised Rossopomodoro on the new appointment.