Bill’s Restaurants has undergone a change of management after the chain confirmed that CEO Mark Fox has stepped down from his post for personal reasons.
He has been replaced by Duncan Garrood, the man who oversaw the turnaround and sale of Punch Taverns to Heineken.
Mr Garrood assumes the CEO mantle with immediate effect and has been tasked with expanding the brand across the UK.
His appointment comes as Bill’s gets set to launch a new concept that will see its offer menus with daily changing specials.
He commented: “This is a really exciting time to be joining one of the country’s best loved restaurant businesses. We have some exciting and ambitious growth plans for more sites across the country that will serve the great food and drinks that our millions of customers have come to expect from us.”
Bill’s said it was “delighted” to have secured Mr Garrood’s services and thanks Mr Fox for his contribution to the business in the two years he was in the post.
Last year Mr Fox said he believed that Bill’s was in a “sweet spot” as it neared 80 sites. Speaking about the company’s “pipeline of growth”, he said: “That’s a huge opportunity for us, particularly in the current environment where we see other businesses in a different phase of their evolution offloading sites. That is great for us because it means more fun.”