Gaucho Group has appointed a new chief executive to replace founder Zeev Godik.
Oliver Meakin, the current boss of Maplin Electronics, will take the reins at the Argentine steak restaurant chain at the end of the month.
He has also spent time at both the supermarket Somerfield and steakhouse restaurant Miller & Carter, part of Mitchells & Butlers.
Paul Mason, Non-Executive Chairman of Gaucho Group, said: “After working with Oli at Somerfield I am confident that he will bring not only his expertise in developing retail and food businesses to the role, but also his trademark energy and hands-on approach as we continue to pursue our ambitious plans for UK and international growth.
“I am delighted that he has joined Gaucho Group and look forward to working with him again.”
Oliver Meakin, CEO of Gaucho Group, added: “Joining Gaucho Group represents an exciting opportunity for me to return to restaurants, a sector which I am particularly passionate about.
I believe there are significant opportunities for the Gaucho and CAU brands, which are recognised for offering fantastic Argentinian steak and customer-recognised, industry-leading service.”
Meakin’s appointment follows the Group’s expansion in the UK last year which has led to a portfolio of 16 Gaucho restaurants.
In addition, the Group also operates restaurants in Amsterdam, Dubai, Hong Kong, and Argentina.