HUMAN RESOURCES | Staff Reporter, UK

Pizza Express appoints David Campbell as new CEO

The appointment comes amidst plans by the pizza company to close over 70 restaurants.

Pizza Express has appointed former Wagamama chief executive David Campbell as its new CEO, following a two-year stint as executive chairman at Bill’s.

He joins the pizza firm’s board alongside former Asda CEO and current Co-op chairman Allan Leighton, who has been appointed as chairman.

Leighton’s appointment follows his departure on 6 November from the board of The Restaurant Group, where he has been a senior independent non-executive director since 2018.

“Pizza Express is an iconic brand, which has enjoyed much success over its 55-year history. The chance to steer the company to even greater heights in the years ahead is an honour,” Campbell said in a statement.

The appointments follow after a recent announcement by the company that it was cutting a further 1,300 of its workforce from across its UK estate due to footfall decline. It also announced the closure of 73 restaurants as part of a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) and unveiled a new capital structure that will result in its total debt reduced by from £735 million to £319 million.

Zoe Bowley, managing director of Pizza Express UK & Ireland, will also join the main board as part of the new appointments.

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