Ping Pong, the dim sum chain, which is looking to trim its UK-based estate, has appointed David Bloom as its interim finance director. Bloom, who is the co-founder of the fdu group, the specialist recruitment firm, takes over from Jonathan Shonn who stepped down as finance director of the group earlier this year. Shonn had been with the group since April 2009, and held previous financial roles at Conran Restaurants and McDonald’s. The group, which earlier this year appointed James Horler, the former chief executive of La Tasca, as non-executive chairman, is to trim its UK-based estate as it looks to start the next stage of its growth, which will include looking at opportunities outside London in high footfall, mixed-use developments. It is to dispose of three restaurants in the capital plus its Now concept in Liverpool Street station, leaving it with an eight-strong estate in the UK. CBRE is handling the disposals.