Restaurant Group PLC appoints Andy Hornby as CEO

(Reuters) - Frankie & Benny’s owner Restaurant Group Plc said on Wednesday it has appointed Andy Hornby, co-chief operating officer of GVC Holdings PLC, as its new chief executive.

The Restaurant Group also said it would announce the departure date of Andy McCue and the appointment date of Andy Hornby in due course. Hornby will succeed McCue who had stepped down as CEO of the Restaurant Group in February due to personal circumstances.

Earlier, Sky News had reported Hornby’s appointment, and said the board of Restaurant Group had identified Hornby as its preferred candidate, prompting him to tender his resignation at GVC Holdings, the betting chain of Ladbrokes.

GVC Holdings declined to comment on the Sky News report.

Reporting by Mekhla Raina in Bengaluru; Editing by Kirsten Donovan; editing by Diane Craft