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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