Honest Burgers names Frank Hayes as its first CEO

The chain looks to execute our highly ambitious plans over the coming years with an expanded leadership team.

Honest Burgers announced it has appointed Frank Hayes as its first CEO.

Hayes brings leadership experience in hospitality and other sectors to the burger chain, including 13 years at Yum! Brands where he oversaw international divisions of KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell and also spent three years at managed pub business Spirit Group as managing director of food.

“I’m delighted with the addition of Frank to the Honest team. It’s a credit to the team and the Honest brand that we can attract someone of his calibre,” said Spencer Skinner, managing partner of Active Partners, which backs Honest Burgers.

Gary Mann has taken on the newly-created chief commercial officer role, having previously been the company’s managing director. Co-managing director Dorian Waite has stepped back into a part-time role where he will support the expanding executive team. He will continue to remain on the board of directors.

Meanwhile, finance director David Foulis is leaving the business after three years and will be replaced on an interim basis by Holly Elliott, who was a finance director of Caffé Nero and Five Guys.

“This completes a really impressive leadership team at Honest, which will be critical as we seek to execute our highly ambitious plans over the coming years,” Skinner added.

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