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.

Non-Executive Directors

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.

Jonathan Kaye, Non-Executive Director

Mr Kaye was the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Prezzo plc. Prior to founding Prezzo, Mr Kaye worked in a number of roles at ASK Cental plc. Prezzo was floated on AIM in 2002, with a market cap of £9.1 million. Mr Kaye grew Prezzo over a 13 year period to over 245 restaurants operating under the Prezzo (207 units) and Chimichanga (39 units) brands. Prezzo was sold in 2015 for £304 million to TPG Capital. Mr Kaye has a range of other business interests in property and other leisure companies.