Lettuce be 'aving you: Byron burgers is ready to dough out some pain to rivals after nabbing former Pizza Express exec

 
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Former Morrisons boss Dalton Philips is the executive chairman of Byron burgers (Source: Byron)

Byron, the self-proclaimed home of "proper hamburgers", has hammed up its management team with a former Pizza Express exec.

Nick Young will join Byron as its new chief operating officer, the firm announced this morning.

Young was one of a handful of execs to mastermind the rapid expansion of Pizza Express in the noughties. He was the pizza chain's operations director from 2006 to 2011.

His CV also includes a stint as operations director for Sprit Pubs, and more recently he oversaw the transformation of French restaurant and bakery Aubaine as chief executive.

He will work closely alongside managing director Simon Cope, reporting into executive chairman and former Morrison's boss Dalton Philips, who said Young will help take the burger chain to "the next level".

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Former Morrisons boss Dalton Philips is the executive chairman of Byron burgers (Source: Getty)

Byron is still on the hunt for a new chief executive after Andrew Mander stepped down just five months into the job. He succeeded founder Tom Byng, who left the position in December 2016.

Byng remains a shareholder in the business, which is owned by private equity firm Hutton Collins.

Philips said:

In this market, to win, you must constantly outperform your competitors in terms of the service proposition. Nick has a first class record within the sector and brings a wealth of operational know-how to the team.

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