Chaker Hanna, Chief Executive
Mr Hanna was born and educated in Lebanon and joined Mr Kitous as a partner in the business in 2010. Mr Hanna has experience within the restaurant industry including both nationally and internationally renowned brands such as Chili’s, Pizza Hut, Bella Italia, Maggiano’s and Romano’s Macaroni Grill. Mr Hanna was one of the team who launched the first Bella Italia assisting in the roll-out of the brand. Mr Hanna is responsible for the overall management and strategic direction of the Group.
Tony Kitous, Founder and Creative Director
Mr Kitous opened his first restaurant 23 years ago and has been widely recognised for making Lebanese and Middle Eastern food accessible on the high street within the UK. Mr Kitous has featured on various television shows explaining and demonstrating his passion for Lebanese and Middle Eastern food. Mr Kitous has released two cookbooks in the UK and internationally and is currently working on his third cookbook focussing on healthy vegetarian dishes. Mr Kitous is responsible for all design and creative aspects of the Group.
Michael Toon, Finance Director
Michael is a seasoned F&B Finance Director having worked in the industry for over 20 years. Mr Toon has held similar roles at Chopstix where he oversaw the rapid expansion of the country’s largest Asian QSR provider and the Big Table Group (formerly the Casual Dining Group) holding a variety of roles across all financial disciplines and was part of the large-scale expansion of the company through organic growth as well as brand purchase, before joining Comptoir Group Plc as Finance Director in October 2020. Mr Toon is responsible for all the financial & systems governance within the Group.
Richard Kleiner, Non-Executive Chairman
Mr Kleiner is a chartered accountant by profession with many years’ experience in corporate finance, public markets and mergers and acquisitions. In addition to being the chief executive officer of Gerald Edelman, Chartered Accountants, Mr Kleiner is also a director of Avanti Capital Plc, the AIM-listed investment company, and has a number of other private company non-executive directorships. Mr Kleiner has substantial experience in guiding companies through their various phases of corporate development and growth including flotations and trade sales.