Healthy fast food group Leon has brought in an ex-McDonald’s UK director to lead its business in the UK.
The expansive chain, which now has 33 restaurants after executing an aggressive roll-out programme over the last 18 months, has appointed John Upton to take the business forward.
Upton, who brings 13 years’ experience at McDonald’s UK to the role, is tasked with boosting Leon’s senior leadership team in the areas of people management, operational support and supply chain.
Chief executive, John Vincent, said Upton would “bring more method to our magic”.
“We want to create a company we’d be happy to pass on to our grandchildren, and John’s huge experience and strength of character are going to help us grow up big and strong.”
Leon has been operating since 2004, but last year saw its biggest expansion to date as it launched 11 new sites.
Upton said he admires Leon’s “disruptive and optimistic attitude”. He commented: “It innovates, bucks trends and places huge store on developing its people and helping them achieve their goals. It is a testament to this that 38% of its head office team have been promoted from the kitchen floor.”