Gondola Holdings, the casual dining group that operates the Pizza Express, ASK and Zizzi restaurant chains, has appointed Kieran Pitcher as its new group property director. Pitcher has joined the company after 18 months at The Restaurant Group (TRG), where he held the same role. Prior to joining TRG in August 2005, he spent nearly four years at Laurel Pub Company as property director. At Gondola he will oversee the development and growth of the company’s three core brands, which total around 560 restaurants, and its incubator brands including Lupa and Al Rollo.