Anand, who last month announced his departure from Greene King after 14 years at the helm, replaces Martin Robinson, who is stepping down after four years with the business. Robinson but will remain at the company for a handover period.
CDG, whch operates restaurants brands including Café Rouge, Belgo, Las Iguanas ansd Bella Italia, says the appointment, which is effective from this month, will help the group identify growth opportunities.
“We are delighted to welcome Rooney to CDG as our new chairman,” says Steve Richards, chief executive of Casual Dining Group. “Rooney brings with him exceptional sector experience and everyone at CDG is looking forward to working with him.”
“On behalf of the board, I’d like to thank Martin for his contribution to CDG over the past four years and we wish him well.”
Anand adds: “I’m very much looking forward to supporting Steve and the management team, helping them to build on the solid foundations they’ve established at CDG as they continue to grow and develop the business in the fast moving and competitive casual dining market.”
Last month CDG called in a restructuring adviser in a bid to reduce its rent bill.