Jean-Michel Orieux, Interim Chief Executive

Mr Orieux has deep expertise in the consumer and hospitality sectors. He was formerly CEO of Ping Pong, where he formulated and implemented a turnaround and brand strategy to drive international expansion. He became CEO of Paul UK and USA in 2013 before joining the Board in 2018. As CEO, he led the Argyll Club through a review of its core proposition, strategy and performance.

Mr Orieux 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.

Non-Executive Directors

Beatric Lafon, Non-Executive Chairman

Ms Lafon has operated at CEO level for nearly 20 years and as a non-executive director for 6 years. She has an outstanding record in the launch, turnaround and profitable development of major retail businesses in the UK, Europe and the USA. Previously a non-executive director of Pizza Express and SuperDry, she chairs a number of businesses in the UK and Europe, including Crosstown.