Maplin CEO quits to make restaurant industry comeback after earlier success with M&B

Gaucho Group, the Argentine steak restaurant group that operates the Gaucho and CAU brands, will bring in a new CEO at the end of this month, it can be revealed.

Oliver Meakin, the boss of electronics retailer Maplin for the past two-and-a-half years, will take the helm on 29 January. Oli Meakin

Mr Meakin has previous links with the restaurant sector – and specifically the type of cuisine that Gaucho specialises in – having spent time with steakhouse restaurant chain Miller & Carter, part of Mitchells & Butlers, in the past.

During his two years as director of emerging concept operations, he ran Miller & Carter and launched TUK CHO. He also worked for supermarket group Somerfield.

Gaucho bosses said he brings “considerable experience” to the role.

Mr Meakin said: “Joining Gaucho Group represents an exciting opportunity for me to return to restaurants, a sector which I am particularly passionate about. I believe there are significant opportunities for the Gaucho and CAU brands, which are recognised for offering fantastic Argentinian steak and customer-recognised, industry-leading service.”

The appointment follows the group’s UK expansion in 2017 which has led to a total portfolio of 16 Gaucho restaurants, following the opening of new sites in Birmingham and Edinburgh.

The group has also recently refurbished multiple venues across both the premium Gaucho offering and the mid-market CAU brand, which has 22 sites across the UK. In addition, it operates restaurants in Amsterdam, Dubai, Hong Kong, and Argentina.

Paul Mason, non-executive chairman of Gaucho Group, commented: “After working with Oli at Somerfield I am confident that he will bring not only his expertise in developing retail and food businesses to the role, but also his trademark energy and hands-on approach as we continue to pursue our ambitious plans for UK and international growth.”

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