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The Restaurant Group reveals identity of new CEO

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The Restaurant Group, owner of casual dining brands such as Frankie & Benny’s, Chiquito and Wagamama, this morning unveiled Andy Hornby as its new CEO.

He will join the business from GVC Holdings, the sports betting and gaming group, where he currently serves as co-COO.

Prior to that he was group chief executive of Alliance Boots for two years, having earlier held CEO positions at Halifax Retail and the retail division of HBOS. He also served in managing director roles at Asda.

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Debbie Hewitt MBE, chairman of TRG said: “[Andy] brings very relevant consumer, people and brand-led CEO credentials, with experience leading a multi-site retail business which is undergoing digital transformation. Andy’s extensive retail background, proven hands-on operational expertise, and experience of integrating businesses position him well to provide the leadership required to deliver the next phase of our strategy.”

The Restaurant Group, which operates 700 restaurants, said it would provide a further update on Mr Hornby’s start date, as well as confirm the date on which current CEO Andy McCue will step down.

Mr Hornby said he was excited by the opportunity to lead the company. “This is a great business, with strong brands, committed colleagues and tremendous potential to grow. I recognise that this sector of the market faces considerable challenges, but The Restaurant Group has a set of casual dining and pub brands that offer significant potential.”

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