Casual Dining Group appoints Rooney Anand as Chairman

Dec 11th

Casual Dining Group (“CDG”), the operator of nearly 300 mid-market restaurant brands including Las Iguanas, Café Rouge and Bella Italia, announces the appointment of Rooney Anand as Chairman of CDG from December, replacing Martin Robinson who has stepped down having been with the business since 2014.

Rooney has been Chief Executive Officer of Greene King, the UK’s leading pub retailer and brewer, for 14 years and is stepping down at the end of April, 2019. He is credited with turning Greene King from a small regional brewery and pub business into the UK’s leading pub company. Rooney was named ‘Business Leader of the Year’ at the 2016 Lloyds Bank National Business Awards and brings a wealth of experience gained at the highest levels in the hospitality sector to CDG. He was also recently appointed Chairman of WorldSkills UK, the education and skills charity from January.

Steve Richards, CEO of Casual Dining Group, commented:

“We are delighted to welcome Rooney to CDG as our new Chairman. Rooney brings with him exceptional sector experience and everyone at CDG is looking forward to working with him.”

“On behalf of the board, I’d like to thank Martin for his contribution to CDG over the past four years and we wish him well.”

Rooney Anand, Chairman of Casual Dining Group commented:

“I’m very much looking forward to supporting Steve and the management team, helping them to build on the solid foundations they’ve established at CDG as they continue to grow and develop the business in the fast moving and competitive casual dining market.”

Matthieu Boulanger, Member & Global Head of Private Credit, KKR commented:  

“We are very pleased to have Rooney join the CDG leadership team. He brings a wealth of experience and we believe he is uniquely placed to identify growth opportunities whilst steering the company through the challenges ahead.”