Mos Shamel to leave Casual Dining Group

Jul 01st

Casual Dining Group (CDG), the mid-market operator of nearly 300 restaurants across the UK, has announced that Mos Shamel, managing director of Las Iguanas, is to step down from the business.

After 16 years at the leading restaurant-bar brand, Shamel has decided to pursue a fresh challenge outside of the group.

Commenting on the development, James Spragg, CEO of CDG, said: “We would like to place on record our sincere thanks to Mos for his immense contribution to Las Iguanas, which has grown into one of the UK’s leading restaurant-bar businesses, and one that is consistently placed in The Sunday Times’ prestigious Top 100 Companies To Work For.

“He leaves Las Iguanas in great shape, with a really strong and motivated team, and in impressive like-for-like sales growth, and we wish Mos the best for the future.”

On his departure, Shamel said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed the journey with Las Iguanas and CDG, and this was an incredibly difficult decision, as this is a great business with fantastic people, but after 16 years it is time for me embrace a fresh challenge.”

CDG plans to announce a successor to Shamel at the helm of Las Iguanas – which comprises 55 locations, has just launched in Bracknell and is set open in Watford in the summer – in the coming months.