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Frankie & Benny's owner ousts chief for ex-boss of Paddy Power

Published 12/08/2016

Andy McCue is the new chief executive of Frankie & Benny's owner the Restaurant Group
Andy McCue is the new chief executive of Frankie & Benny's owner the Restaurant Group

The owner of Frankie & Benny's has ousted its chief executive, replacing him with the former boss of Paddy Power.

The Restaurant Group said on Friday that Danny Breithaupt will step down with immediate effect, with former bookie boss Andy McCue taking the top job.

"The board has completed the initial phase of the operating strategy review, and has decided that a new leader is needed to implement the initial actions and then prioritise the next phase of the review," the firm said.

Mr Breithaupt had led the food firm, which also operates Chiquito and Garfunkel's, for 15 years. But in April the Restaurant Group was forced to issue its latest profit warning.

Chairman Debbie Hewitt said Mr McCue's "extensive strategic background, coupled with a strong commercial flair, proven hands-on operational expertise and digital credentials, will bring considerable strength and new skills".

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