HUMAN RESOURCES | Staff Reporter, UK

Pret A Manger appoints three non-executive directors

The chain said the appointments will provide a “solid foundation” for its future growth in Europe.

Pret A Manger announced the appointment Denis Hennequin, Aileen Richards and Tim J. Smith as its three new independent non-executive directors.

Hennequin served as president of McDonald’s Europe between 2005 and 2010 and chief executive of Accor S.A. from 2011 to 2013. He has also served as a director in John Lewis, Eurostar and SSP Group.

Richards was formerly global head of people for Mars Inc. and also held senior roles in procurement and manufacturing. In 2015, she became the first woman to serve on the Board of the Welsh Rugby Union. She is currently a director of Samworth Brothers.

Smith was previously chief executive of the Food Standards Agency and group quality director at Tesco. A forty-year veteran of the food industry, he had leadership roles at Express Dairies plc and Arla Foods and was appointed chairman of Pret’s Food Advisory Panel in October 2018.

“These appointments will provide a solid foundation for Pret’s future growth in Europe and beyond. Denis, Aileen and Tim join a strong Pret team, led by Clive Schlee, dedicated to delivering Pret’s winning recipe of freshly made food and fast, friendly service,” Pret A Manger chairman Olivier Goudet said in a statement.

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