Ex-Asda boss Paul Mason appointed non-executive chairman of Gaucho

03/11/2017 - 10:36
Following the news that Luke Johnson has stepped down as chairman of Gaucho, former chief executive of Asda, Paul Mason, has been appointed non-executive chairman “to support the Group’s continued growth.”

With previous roles spanning the food and retail sectors, including chief executive of Asda, Somerfield and Matalan, chairman of Dr. Martens and president of Levi Strauss, Mason “will work with Gaucho Group’s management, its private equity investor Equistone Partners Europe, and Luke Johnson, who remains an investor in the company” across the Gaucho and CAU brands.

He said: “Gaucho and CAU have an established reputation for offering outstanding Argentinian food and high-quality service across a broad selection of price points.

“The opportunity to play a role in the further development of the Group is therefore an exciting one, and I’m looking forward to working very closely with management and the company’s investors to support its ongoing expansion.”

Chief executive officer and founder of Gaucho Group, Zeev Godik, added: “I’d like to thank Luke for his contribution to the Group as chairman. We’re grateful that we will be able to continue drawing on his expertise of expansion programmes in the hospitality sector.

“We’re delighted to welcome Paul to the team. Paul brings extensive, hands-on experience in the consumer and retail landscape, which will be invaluable in supporting our ambitious plans for the continued growth of the Group.”

Johnson also commented: “I wish Gaucho every success and will continue to offer the business advice and support.”

“The Gaucho Group has continued to expand throughout 2017, opening new sites and investing in existing locations across the UK,” including its latest launch in Birmingham, in May and another planned later this month in Edinburgh.

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