Directors and committees
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.
Mark Carrick, Chief Financial Officer
Mr Carrick joined the Group in April 2018 as Chief Financial Officer and was appointed executive director in July 2018. He was formerly Director of Operational Finance with the Ten Entertainment Group Plc. Mr Carrick started his career in hospitality at JD Wetherspoon in 1999 and has since held several senior finance roles within a diverse range of multi-site leisure businesses over the past 19 years providing finance, commercial and operational expertise. Mr Carrick is responsible for the financial management of 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.