Simon Cope has been promoted from managing director to chief executive of Byron Hamburgers, following the departure of Andy Manders in May.
The move allows Dalton Philips to step back to his previous position as non-executive chairman. Philips took on the role of executive chairman when Manders left after only after just a few months as chief executive for "personal reasons".
Cope joined the Hutton Collins-backed Byron chain as managing director in July 2017 from Wagamama (another Hutton Collins-backed company), where he held the role of global marketing and property director.
He played a significant role in the implementation of Wagamama's five-year strategy which redefined the direction of the UK and US business.
Cope held previous senior management roles at Mitchells & Butlers, Suburban Restaurants and London & High Street.
Philips said: "Simon had an immediate impact on our business when he joined as MD in July. He understands the dynamics of this hugely competitive and exciting market place. He is passionate about food, gets our customers, is a fantastic team leader and has a serious track record of delivery. There isn't much he hasn't seen, and it is clear to me that he is going to be a terrific CEO for Byron.
"We have strengthened Byron's senior management significantly over the past six months and the new team is already making great strides in reinvigorating Byron's pioneering spirit and distinctive character. I look forward to further progress under Simon's leadership."
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