Prezzo announces raft of senior appointments

The group said the latest appointments reflect Prezzo’s ‘general strengthening of capability’

Prezzo has announced the appointment of Matt Prior as its new chief financial officer (CFO) and Deborah Moore as people director. 

The group said the latest appointments reflect Prezzo’s “general strengthening of capability, the energy generated by plans for the future, our current trading and the support of Cain International, our new investment partner, all of which provide strong foundations for our future flourishing”.

Prior joins from Pret A Manger where he was most recently finance director for the UK business, comprising over 400 sites,  giving him “significant” multi-site hospitality experience and insight. 

He previously trained as a chartered accountant with KPMG and held several roles in Pret before his promotion to financial director. 

Moore was most recently group HR director for GLH Hotels. She brings with her extensive hospitality experience at board level. Her track record includes HR director roles at both The Restaurant Group and Spirit Pub Company, prior to its acquisition by Greene King.

In addition, the group promoted finance director Dean Challenger to chief operating officer earlier in the summer. It said his commercial acumen has “proved invaluable” and will “underpin our strategy moving forward”.

Karen Jones, executive chair, Prezzo said: “I am delighted Matt and Debbie have joined our Prezzo team and are part of ExCo. They share a clarity of thought and strategic ability which will accelerate our plans and augment both our ability to deliver at pace and the general happiness of our wonderful Prezzo people.” 

Moore said: “Hospitality is dependent on brilliant people and Prezzo has such a strong and diverse team who are committed to each other and our customers. I look forward to working with Karen and her team to help all of our people be the best they can be.”

Prior added: “Prezzo is at an energising stage of its development and it’s a brilliant time to join the business. There is vast potential in the estate, the brand and the plans put together by the team, which I am very much looking forward to bringing to fruition. 

“Prezzo has an exceptional opportunity to drive growth as the hospitality industry rebounds from the pandemic.”

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