The Restaurant Group has appointed Barry Nightingale as its chief financial officer following the departure in April of Stephen Critoph.
Critoph's departure was revealed in April at the same time as a trading update for the group, which operates the Chiquito, Frankie & Benny's and Garfunkel's brands, showed a drop in like-for-like sales for the 17 weeks to 24 April of 2.7%.
Nightingale takes up his new role on 20 June 2016, having recently worked as CFO at Monarch Airlines.
Prior to that he worked at leisure giant Betfred, where he led the successful acquisition and integration of the Tote. He has previously held senior finance roles at UK Car Group, Easy Everything and Airtours, having qualified as a chartered accountant with Deloitte.
Danny Breithaupt, CEO, said: "I am pleased to welcome Barry to the company. I am delighted that he is able to join immediately and will be able to contribute to and support the implementation of the ongoing review of our operating strategy and brands. Together with his strong financial credentials, he brings very relevant experience from a variety of consumer, leisure and multi-site businesses and will add real strength to our executive team. We look forward to working with him."
Debbie Hewitt, chairman, said: "Barry has a broad commercial background and extensive corporate finance experience, which will bring new insights to the CFO role and which will allow him to make an immediate contribution to this important phase in the company's development and in the future. We welcome him to the board."
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