Carluccio’s has appointed Gala Coral chief executive, Carl Leaver, as its new non-executive chairman.

Leaver replaces Simon Kossoff, who stepped down in June, as chair of the 119-strong restaurant group.

Prior to heading up Gala Coral, Leaver was director of international, home and e-commerce at Marks & Spencer and before that chief executive of De Vere Group.

Carluccio’s chief executive Neil Wickers said: “With his international, leisure and retail background, I know Carl will be a fantastic addition to the team. I look forward to working closely with him as we take the business through its next stage of growth, both in the UK and overseas.”

Leaver said: “I have long admired Carluccio’s and I am delighted to be joining this unique brand with its mix of hospitality and retail. I very much look forward to taking the business forward with Neil and his team.”