Industry veteran David Williams, former president of Burger King in Europe, has become non-executive chairman of Wagamama, the fast-casual noodle chain. The appointment of Williams, who has 30 years’ experience in the consumer, leisure and retail sectors, follows the decision by Martin Robinson to step down as executive chairman of the company. Robinson, who is the currently chairman of Center Parcs UK, had been operating in an executive capacity at Wagamama since its c.£215m acquisition by Duke Street Capital last April. Williams was chairman of both Slug & Lettuce and Avebury Taverns Ltd, and held senior executive roles with Whitbread, PepsiCo and Diageo. He also spent time as chief executive of Pizza Hut (UK). Steve Hill, chief executive, said: “Now that the initial phase of development is complete, the board have agreed to revert to a more traditional structure. I'd like to thank Martin for his help and I'm looking forward to working with David.” Duke Street, which acquired the chain from Lion Capital, announced plans last year to expand Wagamama from 75 to 300 UK restaurants. Property consultant Cushman & Wakefield has been retained to aid the expansion, with plans to open 20 sites per year.