Jonathan Kaye, the highly-regarded casual dining veteran who founded Prezzo, has quit as non-executive director of Comptoir Libanais.
The Lebanese canteen chain said that Mr Kaye was leaving to focus on his other business interests, with the resignation taking immediate effect.
“The company has commenced the search for a suitably qualified independent non-executive director and will make a further announcement in due course,” Comptoir stated.
Mr Kaye served as the CEO of Prezzo, the business that he started and then floated on the AIM in 2002, with a market cap of £9.1m. It grew to almost 250 units before it was bought by TPG Capital for £304m in 2015.
He has a range of other business interests in property and leisure companies, including CEO of the Richoux Group, which runs a number of UK restaurants.
Meanwhile, Comptoir also announced the appointment of Mark Carrick as CFO. He was formerly director of operational finance with the Ten Entertainment Group having started his career in hospitality at JD Wetherspoon.