Tortilla Mexican Grill welcomes Keith Down to its Board as Non-Executive Director and upcoming 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 Keith Down to its Board as a Non-Executive Director, effective immediately.

Keith Down will take on the role of Senior Independent Director and will join the Audit Committee as its Chair.

“We are delighted to welcome Keith to the Board of Tortilla. Keith has a huge amount of highly relevant experience from several very successful consumer-facing businesses. I have no doubt that the Board will benefit from his skills and insights as Tortilla continues to deliver against its long-term growth strategy.” said Board chair, Emma Woods.

About Keith Down

Keith Down brings a wealth of leadership experience gained across a broad range of consumer-focused businesses. He has held senior positions at companies operating across a wide range of sectors including retail, leisure, and hospitality. He was previously Finance Director and Company Secretary at JD Wetherspoon plc, Group Finance Director at Go-Ahead plc, CFO at Dunelm plc, and, most recently, Finance Director of Selfridges Group. He is currently the Senior Independent Director and Audit Committee Chair of Topps Tiles plc.

Keith Down said: “I am very excited to be joining the Board of Tortilla. The Group has a differentiated and highly compelling customer proposition and very exciting opportunities to further expand both across the UK and internationally. I am looking forward to working alongside the rest of the Board to support the Group’s future successes.”

About Tortilla Mexican Grill

Tortilla Mexican Grill 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. As of 1 January 2023, the Group had 82 sites worldwide, comprising 65 sites in the UK operated by the Group, 4 sites franchised to SSP Group in the UK, 5 sites franchised to Compass Group UK & Ireland, and 8 franchised sites in the Middle East.

The Group was founded in 2007 by Brandon Stephens, originally from California who arrived in London in 2003 to find a gap in the market 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 Tortilla and Chilango brands are synonymous with an energetic, vibrant culture, and with providing a great value-for-money proposition. They embrace fast-growing sector trends (including eating out, healthy eating, provenance, ethnic cuisine, and delivery) across a variety of locations, through a differentiated product offering that is popular with a broad customer base, and a clearly defined multi-channel marketing strategy. It benefits from flexible site locations and formats, and a scalable central infrastructure.


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