Gaucho appoints new CEO ahead of 'ambitious' growth plans

By Sophie Witts contact

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Gaucho appoints new CEO ahead of 'ambitious' growth plans

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The Gaucho Group has appointed a new chief executive following the departure of its founder Zeev Godik last year.

Oliver Meakin, current boss of Maplin Electronics, will join the group from 29 January.

He previously worked alongside Gaucho non-executive chairman Paul Mason at supermarket chain Somerfield, and was director of emerging concept operations at Mitchells & Butlers’ Miller & Carter steakhouse chain.

Mason says Meakin will bring a ‘hands-on approach’ as Gaucho  continues to pursue ‘ambitious plans for UK and international growth’ with its eponymous steakhouse and CAU brands.

His appointment comes after Godik stepped down from Gaucho in November after 41 years leading the business. He opened the first Gaucho restaurant in Amsterdam in 1976 and the group made its UK debut in London in 1994.

Gaucho opened its first site in seven years under its eponymous brand in Birmingham in 2017,​ followed by a launch in Edinburgh.

The group also operates 22 CAU restaurants, and has sites in Amsterdam, Dubai, Hong Kong and Argentina.

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