Simon King has been appointed as Operations Director for Wolseley Hospitality Group

The Wolseley Hospitality Group, formerly known as Corbin & King, has named Simon King as their new Operations Director.

King takes over the position from Robert Holland, who held this role since 2012, starting as a chef de rang at the Ivy in 1991.

Simon King embarked on his career at the Ritz London and subsequently gained experience with esteemed establishments such as Gordon Ramsay Restaurants, Danny Meyers' Union Square Hospitality Group, the Fat Duck Group, and JKS Restaurants. His most recent role was as the Chief Operating Officer at the Birley Clubs group.

Baton Berisha, chief executive of the Wolseley Hospitality Group, said: 'I am delighted that Simon is joining the Wolseley Hospitality Group family. I have worked with him previously and know how much he will bring to the running of our business.

'It is an exciting time for the group as we look to grow the business with new restaurants and concepts planned both in the UK and overseas.

'I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Robert Holland who will leave the business to pursue new projects. Rob's 20-year tenure with the business has been key in their success, and his leadership and experience as operations director has been invaluable to me and the wider team. Together we will be working to ensure Simon is onboarded and prepared for a smooth transition.'

The Wolseley Hospitality Group's restaurant portfolio encompasses notable London establishments such as the Delaunay, Brasserie Zédel, Colbert, Fischer's, Soutine, and Bellanger. They recently introduced the highly anticipated seafood restaurant, Manzi's, earlier this year.

Simon King's appointment precedes the autumn launch of the Wolseley City, situated in the historic House of Fraser building in the heart of the City of London.