Advance Group grabs Pizza Hut director

David Thompson is Advance Group’s new sales director.

Bedfordshire-based Advance Group has continued its strategy to be a dealer run by operators for operators, as it has appointed David Thompson, formerly of Pizza Hut Restaurants, to the role of sales director.

Thomson has also joined Advance’s board and will be responsible for leading a team to deliver the annual sales budget and growth in-line with the business strategy, together with the management of key customer accounts to build sustainable and productive long term relationships.

At Pizza Hut Restaurants, he held the position of regional director for over 2 years

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Responsible for the management of 95 branded restaurants, full profit and loss, together with the development and implementation of a strategy, Thompson maximised returns from a major brand transformation and re-investment programme.

In his time with the business, he delivered 17% EBITDA growth and achieved growth of up to 38% from investments.

Thompson commented: “I’m extremely excited to be joining the board at Advance Group, as the business continues on its pioneering path to roll out a series of new products and services to hospitality operators throughout 2016.

“I’m especially looking forward to taking my knowledge and expertise as an operator into a supplier business, to deliver maximum efficiency, quality and profitability for operators.”

Darryl Pannell, commercial director, Advance Group added: “David has spent the majority of his career working in the hospitality industry, with leading brands such as Pizza Hut and Whitbread.

“Advance continues to be a business run by operators for operators. David’s appointment comes at a time of major growth for the business as we continue on our mission to innovate with the use of intelligent technology to deliver our 2020 business plan.

“I’m delighted to welcome David to the business and wish him the very best in his new role.”

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