Carluccio’s bets on Coral boss to lead boardroom agenda

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Carluccio’s has appointed Carl Leaver as its new non-executive chairman, following Simon Kossoff’s departure as chairman in July.

Leaver is currently group CEO of Gala Coral where he has led the turnaround of the business, culminating in an exit for the company’s private equity shareholders through its proposed merger with Ladbrokes plc.

Prior to that he was director of International, Home and E-Commerce at Marks & Spencer and before that CEO of De Vere Group. carl-leaver-carluccio

The Italian restaurant chain hopes Leaver will bring a wealth of experience in leisure, finance and retail.

Carluccio’s CEO, Neil Wickers, commented on the appointment: “With his international, leisure and retail background, I know Carl will be a fantastic addition to the team. I look forward to working closely with him as we take the business through its next stage of growth, both in the UK and overseas.”

Regarding his appointment, Leaver said: “I have long admired Carluccio’s and I am delighted to be joining this unique brand with its mix of hospitality and retail. I very much look forward to taking the business forward with Neil and his team.”

Carluccio’s is owned by the Jagtiani Foundation, the family office of the owners of Landmark group.

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