Belfast Telegraph

Another boss departs from troubled cake chain board

By Alys Key

Another director has left the troubled parent of Patisserie Valerie, marking the latest change to the board in the wake of its brush with collapse last year.

Non-executive director James Horler will leave with immediate effect to focus on his position as chief executive of Ego Restaurants, Patisserie Holdings said.

There are three Patisserie Valerie coffee shops in Belfast.

Mr Horler, who is also chairman of coffee chain Notes and restaurant group Ping Pong, is a frequent business partner of Patisserie's chairman Luke Johnson. His departure is the latest in a string of changes to the group's board.

It leaves Mr Johnson and non-executive director Lee Ginsberg as the only remaining board members who have been in their posts since before the discovery of a black hole in the company's accounts in October last year. The resulting crisis saw it almost cease trading.

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