Restaurants

The Restaurant Group appoints new chairman

The appointment follows the decision by the group’s previous chairman Debbie Hewitt who has decided to stand down at the end of the year to pursue her new role as chairman of The English Football Association

The Restaurant Group plc (TRG) has announced the appointment of Ken Hanna as its new chairman with effect 1 January 2022.

The appointment follows the decision by the group’s previous chairman Debbie Hewitt who has decided to stand down at the end of the year to pursue her new role as chairman of The English Football Association.

Hanna’s executive career has included the roles of CFO of Avis Europe plc, CFO of United Distillers plc, CFO of Sygen International plc, CFO and CEO of Dalgety plc and CFO of Cadbury plc.

He said: “I am delighted to be joining the TRG board. The short term challenges facing the hospitality sector, including labour availability and supply chain issues, are well known, but TRG has a strong and experienced management team and an excellent range of brands, which have emerged stronger from the pandemic.

“I am very much looking forward to working with Andy Hornby and the wider management team to continue to position TRG for the long term.”

Graham Clemett, senior independent director, TRG, added: “On behalf of the TRG board I would like to thank Debbie for the outstanding contribution she has made as chairman, successfully navigating the company through the various challenges of the last five years and also the invaluable personal support she has provided to all of us on the board.

“We are delighted to announce the appointment of Ken Hanna as chairman to replace Debbie. Ken is a well-respected chairman with the right breadth of commercial and leadership experience to lead the TRG Board, and we are all looking forward to working with him.”

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