Tortilla has announced the appointment of Stephen Clark as its new operations director.
Clark joins the fast-casual Mexican chain as an experienced senior hire, as the business continues its rapid expansion and solidifies its management team for future growth.
In his new role, he will oversee all operational elements of the business’s strategy and help to lead the business on its impressive growth trajectory.
Most recently, Clark led retail operations as a director at pub group Young’s, with responsibility for 72 hotels and pubs based in London and the South West of England.
There, he led the group’s strategy for driving sales in the accommodation business, successfully led the integrations of several major acquisitions, and was responsible for the divisional capital programme of multiple key projects.
Prior to this, Clark was regional operations director at Costa Coffee, where he created a scalable format for Drive Thru and delivered a strong pipeline of new store openings.
He also worked on the management board for the company’s innovation group, including as operational lead on Pronto, Costa’s fast delivery store concept. He initially began his career with Corney and Barrow running wine bars in the City.
Richard Morris, CEO of Tortilla, said: “Stephen is the newest senior hire we have made for the business, and he brings a raft of experience that will be extremely beneficial to Tortilla as we position ourselves strongly to achieve our significant growth potential.
“I would also like to wish our existing Operations Director, Matt Chapman, the best of luck as he takes on his new role as Franchise Director. His support will be crucial as we manage this growing part of the business and continue to optimise our sector-leading portfolio.”
Stephen Clark, Operations director, added: “I can’t wait to get started. I have admired the Tortilla brand and its products for many years, and very much look forward to contributing to its exciting future growth.”