Casual Dining Group confirmed today that outgoing Greene King boss Rooney Anand is its new chairman.
He replaces Martin Robinson, who has stepped down having been with the business since 2014.
Mr Anand will oversee a group that now operates nearly 300 midmarket restaurant brands including Las Iguanas, Café Rouge and Bella Italia.
He has been CEO of Greene King for 14 years and, as revealed by FEJ last month, is due to step down in April 2019.
He is credited with turning Greene King from a small regional brewery and pub business into the UK’s leading pub company.
Mr Anand was named ‘Business Leader of the Year’ at the Lloyds Bank National Business Awards two years ago and brings a wealth of experience gained at the highest levels in the hospitality sector to CDG. He was also recently appointed chairman of WorldSkills UK, the education and skills charity from January.
Steve Richards, CEO of Casual Dining Group, said: “We are delighted to welcome Rooney to CDG as our new Chairman. Rooney brings with him exceptional sector experience and everyone at CDG is looking forward to working with him. On behalf of the board, I’d like to thank Martin for his contribution to CDG over the past four years and we wish him well.”
Mr Anand said he plans to assist the company in its next growth phase. “I’m very much looking forward to supporting Steve and the management team, helping them to build on the solid foundations they’ve established at CDG as they continue to grow and develop the business in the fast moving and competitive casual dining market.”