Three new regional MDs for RA

Restaurant Associates has appointed three new regional managing directors across its nationwide estate. The promotions have been awarded to strengthen its leadership team following a period of growth for the business.

Sara Senior, previously sales and retention director, moves to regional managing director with a remit to oversee the caterer’s key London clients. She will work across a diverse portfolio of businesses, from financial and professional services to media organisations.

Ming Lai joined Compass Group Australia over a decade ago, before coming to the UK in 2014 where he joined Restaurant Associates. Having worked across account management for key clients, as well as fulfilling the role of operations director, he has been promoted to the position of regional managing director to oversee national and international contracts from across Restaurant Associates’ portfolio.

Kerry Ford joins as regional managing director, responsible for Chartwell’s Universities and Colleges, as well as the venues collection, in this newly created position. Her recent career successes have seen a rollout of digital innovation and implementation of new operating models across the hospitality space.

Matt Thomas, managing director of Restaurant Associates, said: “I am delighted to be strengthening our executive team with these three promotions. I have every confidence that Sara, Ming and Kerry will continue to exceed our client promises by adding value and delivering exceptional food, drink and services.”

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