Byron owner close to completing restructure of leadership team


The private equity owner of Byron is preparing to make further appointments to complete the “restructure” of its leadership after unveiling Simon Wilkinson as its new CEO.

Mr Wilkinson has recently been a CEO consultant to investment firm Carlyle Group and an advisor to Parkdean Resorts. Prior to that he was the CEO of La Tasca Restaurants, which he successfully turned around, before it was sold to the Casual Dining Group where he became a board director and the managing director for strategic options.

Byron, which operates 53 restaurants across the UK, was acquired in 2018 by Three Hills Capital Partners, the fast-growing London based alternative investor which specialises in taking stakes in or owning mid-market businesses and supporting them in their next phase of growth.

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Mauro Moretti, managing partner at Three Hills, said Mr Wilkinson’s appointment was part of a wider strategy to bring new leadership talent on board.

“With Simon joining as CEO we know we have been very fortunate to have attracted a top-class executive who will lead the excellent Byron team to refurbish the estate later this year and drive the brand forward. And in the coming months we will be making further appointments which will complete the restructure of Byron’s top management team,” he promised.

Mr Wilkinson said he was in the “fortunate position” of having a number of options available to him, but Byron ticked all the boxes he was looking for: “It’s a great brand, is now well-funded and will be investing in restaurant refurbishments and positioning the brand to be the best in what is a rapidly changing market. And in Mauro, the Byron board and the Three Hills Capital Partners team I can see we have super-passionate owners all of whom share the vision of how we will drive Byron forward to future success.”

Byron currently operates 53 restaurants across the UK with the majority in London.

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