Chris Woodhouse, the finance director of Debenhams, is to become a non-executive director of Gondola Holdings, the casual dining group, according to The Times. The appointment comes as part of changes to the board’s structure as a result of its £900m takeover by Cinven, due to take place on 5 January. Cinven is expected to take Gondola's brands into international markets and look to consolidate its position by acquiring other restaurant groups. Woodhouse was appointed finance director of Debenhams in December 2003. He was previously deputy chairman of Halfords Group and commercial director and deputy chief executive at Homebase Group.