Prolific businessman Luke Johnson is to hand over the reins to another stalwart of industry, as a former Asda chief executive becomes the chair of Gaucho restaurants.
Paul Mason is to take over as non-executive chairman of the Argentinian restaurant chain, which has 12 London sites as well as regional UK and overseas locations.
Mason has a strong retail and food pedigree, having acted as chief executive at Asda, Somerfield and Matalan. He was previously non-executive chairman of New Look and has chaired Dr Martens and Cath Kidston.
“We’re delighted to welcome Paul to the team," commented Gaucho's CEO Zeev Godik. "Paul brings extensive, hands-on experience in the consumer and retail landscape which will be invaluable in supporting our ambitious plans for the continued growth of the Group.”
Luke Johnson, who is also chair of Gail's Bakery and Patisserie Valerie, is stepping down to focus on other involvements. But he remains an investor in the business and will continue to advise the board.
Johnson is known for his rapid expansion of the PizzaExpress chain from 12 owned stores to over 150. He joined Gaucho Group as non-executive chairman last year.