Previous O2 and Pizza Express Head Takes Helm as Chairman of Rare Restaurants, the Parent Company of Gaucho

May 13, 2024

David Campbell, a prominent figure in the hospitality industry, is set to become the chairman of Rare Restaurants, the company behind the Gaucho and M restaurant brands.

With a distinguished career that includes serving as CEO of Virgin Radio and leading notable companies such as AEG Europe, Campbell brings extensive experience to his new role. He has also played key roles in the success of renowned brands like The Ivy, Bill’s, and Wagamama, and orchestrated the turnaround of Pizza Express.

Rare Restaurants CEO Martin Williams expressed enthusiasm about Campbell joining the team, noting his exceptional track record and anticipating his leadership to elevate the business to new heights. Campbell’s appointment follows the departure of outgoing chairman Jamie Mitchell, who received recognition for his significant contributions over the past five years.

Under Williams’ leadership, Gaucho has seen impressive growth, with double-digit turnover increases in 2023 and robust EBITDA margins for its restaurants. The group has focused on revitalizing its offerings and spaces to attract a wider audience and eliminate the perceived exclusivity of steak restaurants.

In addition to its operational success, Rare Restaurants has been recognized as one of the best places to work, reflecting its commitment to its employees and community. With a workforce of 1,500, the company aims to be acknowledged as a world-class employer, further solidifying its position in the industry.