Glenn Edwards, the managing director of fast food brand Leon, has resigned from his position with immediate effect.
Edwards, who has been with Leon for over 12 years, is leaving to take on the role of COO in the beauty sector later this year.
In his place, Leon has appointed Ashley Davis as the interim managing director of the company.
Davis, who joined Leon in 2019, will continue to serve as grocery managing director while also leading as interim managing director.
Davis said: 'Leon is a fantastic, unique foodie proposition in a busy market that I know very well. I'm excited to lead the business to deliver our company mission, to both loyal and new customers, of making food that tastes good, does you good and is kind to the planet.
'On behalf of everyone at Leon, I would like to sincerely thank Glenn for his significant contribution and we wish him all the best for the future.'
Before joining Leon, Ashley Davis had a diverse career spanning over a decade in the buying teams at both Sainsbury's and Ocado, as well as work on the supplier side in produce companies. She also had experience running her own business with several cafes in South London and operated a catering company for weddings and corporate events.
The news of Edwards' departure and Davis' appointment comes as supermarket giant Asda took ownership of the Leon restaurant chain as part of a £2b deal to acquire the majority of its sister company EG Group's UK business.
The deal was announced in May and completed on 31 October with Asda stating it would look to introduce the Leon brand into its stores as part of a move into the foodservice market.