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LEON’s Nick Ayerst steps down as managing director

The chain’s director of growth and culture, Glenn Edwards, will be his successor.

LEON has announced that Nick Ayerst has stepped down from his role as managing director with immediate effect, after joining nearly a year ago.

The chain’s director of growth and culture, Glenn Edwards, will take on the role, also with immediate effect. He was previously the managing director of the business’ U.S. operations until March 2021.

“Glenn is the right person to take the business to the next level and drive forward its restaurant strategy,” a spokesperson said.

“We would like to thank Nick for his unwavering support, strategic contribution and professionalism during his time at LEON. We wish him the very best for the future.”

The brand, which was sold to EG Group in April, will launch its first Leon drive-thru site in West Yorkshire, part of 10 openings planned this year.

The group’s total revenues stood at $6.5 billion in the second quarter, up 57.7% on the second quarter of 2020. Gross profit within foodservice jumped 231% year-on-year at $153 million, and 219% on a like-for-like basis.

EG Group previously expressed plans to open about 20 new LEON outlets a year from 2022.

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