Tortilla Mexican Grill welcomes Francesca Tiritiello to its Board as Independent Director and announces Laurence Keen named Senior Independent Director

– UK, London –  Tortilla Mexican Grill PLC (LON: MEX), the largest and most successful fast-casual Mexican restaurant group in the UK, today announced the appointment of Francesca Tiritiello to its Board as an Independent Non-Executive Director effective from 20 September, alongside Non-Executive Director Laurence Keen named Senior Independent Director.

Francesca Tiritiello will join the Remuneration Committee as Chair.

About Francesca Tiritiello

Francesca Tiritiello brings a wealth of business development, franchise, finance, and M&A experience and she has been involved in the successful expansion of many branded businesses across the European QSR market, across both advisory and senior finance positions.

Francesca Tiritiello is currently a Partner and Co-Founder of Kikkirossi, an advisory firm specializing in international franchise and brand development, she has held a number of director and CFO roles in European hospitality businesses, including eight years at Yum! Brands Inc., the owner and operator of household names including KFC, PiHut, and Taco Bell, where she held European CFO and Commercial Director positions.

Francesca Tiritiello, said: “I am very pleased to be joining the Board of Tortilla. The Group has an outstanding brand, a strong proposition, and a really exciting opportunity to expand both across the UK and internationally. I look forward to working alongside the senior team and contributing my experience and insight to support the business in achieving its significant growth potential.”

About Laurence Keen

Laurence’s skills as the CFO of Hollywood Bowl PLC have transferred this year to make him a highly effective PLC Non-Executive Board member for Tortilla and he will now take on these SID responsabilities as well as continuing to Chair the Audit Committee.

About Tortilla Mexican Grill plc

Tortilla is the largest and most successful fast-casual Mexican restaurant group in the UK specializing in the sale of freshly made Californian-inspired Mexican cuisine. The Group had 84 sites worldwide as of 3 July 2022, comprising 68 sites in the UK operated by the Group, four sites franchised to SSP Group in the UK, four sites franchised to Compass Group UK & Ireland, and eight franchised sites in the Middle East.

The Group was founded in 2007 by Brandon Stephens, originally from California who, upon his arrival in London in 2003, found it difficult to satisfy his desire for quality burritos and tacos. As a result, Brandon established Tortilla with a mission of offering customers freshly prepared, customizable, and authentic Californian-inspired Mexican food.

The brand is synonymous with an energetic, vibrant culture, and with providing a great value-for-money proposition. It embraces fast-growing sector trends (including eating out, healthy eating, provenance, ethnic cuisine, and delivery) across a variety of locations, thousand a differentiated product offering which is popular with a broad customer base, at a clearly defined multi-channel marketing strategy. It benefits from flexible site locations and formats, and scalable central infrastructure.

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