The chief executive of upmarket fast food chain Leon has hit back at claims by former chairman James Horler. The ex-La Tasca head exclusively told M&C Reportthis week how he had quit the chain because he did not agree with its rollout plans. He also said that Leon was not making any profit. But last night, Leon’s chief executive Henry Dimbleby said: "Our restaurants are showing strong like-for-like revenue and profitability growth driven by improvements we have made to the business model over the last year. “Our objectives over the coming year are to continue to drive operational improvement across the existing restaurants, to update and improve our menu, and to expand carefully into specific good sites around the London area when the opportunity arises.” Dimbleby added: “James has been very helpful in the time he’s served with us, he’s an inspiration and we’re grateful for all his help.” Nick Evans, currently executive chairman of Evans Cycles, has been appointed as Leon’s new chairman and Kirsty Fonzari, formerly of La Tasca, joins the company as operations director.