Casual Dining Group is to make a number of changes to its senior management team, MCA understands.

Café Rouge managing director Simon Wilkinson is to take on the new role of managing director – strategic development, with a focus on “identifying opportunities to grow the CDG business”.

Responsibility for Café Rouge returns to chief operating officer, James Spragg, who will also continue to oversee Bella Italia.

Chief digital officer Celia Pronto will become chief customer officer, with additional responsibility for a number of other marketing-related functions across the group, including the Bella and Rouge brands alongside her existing group-wide digital remit.

Gareth Lock will move from Las Iguanas chief operating officer to take the same role at Bella Italia and Café Rouge.

CDG said the moves were designed to ensure the business is structured in the best way for the next phase of the company’s growth and international development.

They coincide with two key international appointments and come as CDG accelerates its global restaurant footprint. Jason Tan has joined the group to lead its focus on expansion in South Asia and will be based at CDG’s newly-opened Singapore office; Nick Evans will take a similar role, supporting CDG’s franchise-led developments in Europe and the UK. Both will report into Mark Nelson, managing director – international and concessions.

The group is in advanced talks on agreements to take its brands in to several new international territories, after securing of a number of such deals, including licences covering Ireland, Saudi Arabia and South Africa.

At the same time CDG has undertaken a review of team structures across the UK, which has resulted in the removal of a number of admin and support roles.

CDG chief executive Steve Richards said: “I am confident these changes mean that the business is structured optimally; as we navigate a challenging inflationary environment here in the UK; as we continue to grow and accelerate our franchising footprint in international markets and as we seek to capitalise on new opportunities as and when they present themselves.”