Andy McCue is to be named chief executive of the Restaurant Group after Danny Breithaupt stepped down to leave the business with immediate effect.
Previously chief executive of Paddy Power, McCue will take charge of the 500-strong group in September after the Restaurant Group board decided a new leader was required to implement its new strategy.
Breithaupt has been with the Restaurant Group, which includes brands such as Frankie & Benny's, Chiquito, and Coast to Coast, for 15 years, with two years as chief executive.
Chairman Debbie Hewitt said: "Danny has provided strong operational leadership over the years. He has fully participated in the review of our operating strategy in a professional, conscientious and thorough way. We have agreed that this is an appropriate point for him to handover to a new leader, who will implement the initial actions and set the priorities for this next phase of development for the business. We wish him well for the future."
Hewitt added that in the period between Breithaupt's departure and McCue's arrival, she would take a more active role in the business.
She added: "Andy brings strong consumer, people and brand-led CEO credentials, with very relevant experience from a multi-site business. His extensive strategic background, coupled with a strong commercial flair, proven hands-on operational expertise and digital credentials, will bring considerable strength and new skills to the leadership of our executive team. We welcome him to the board and very much look forward to working with him."
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