Gondola Holdings, the operator of Pizza Express, ASK and Zizzi formerly known as Altia Holdings, has this morning confirmed plans for an IPO, as previously reported in M&C Report. Gondola also confirmed the appointment of David Ross as chairman of the company. Ross is currently deputy chairman of The Carphone Warehouse, of which he was one of the original founders. A successful float would make the 500-strong company the biggest publicly-quoted restaurant business in the UK, a casual dining behemoth dwarfing others such as The Restaurant Group and La Tasca. Ross said: "We are delighted to announce Gondola’s intention to float. We have three truly great brands – PizzaExpress, ASK and Zizzi. "At the core of the group’s strategy is a dedication to provide high quality food at value for money prices with excellent customer service. In addition, we see significant opportunities for further roll-out of our brands." Gondola has also outlined its board of directors, confirming the appointment of Chris Heath as chief financial officer and commercial director. Heath previously worked at Allied Domecq, the drinks group that was recently snapped up by Pernod Ricard. Harvey Smyth and Jo Fleet have been appointed executive directors. Smyth will continue to operate the Pizza Express business while Fleet will run the ASK and Zizzi chains. The group's non-executive directors include Karen Jones, the chief executive of Spirit Group, Manjit Dale and Julian Seward, both of TDR Capital, and Zillah Byng-Maddick, finance director at Thresher Group.