Richard Latham appointed as Fridays COO

American-inspired cocktail bar and restaurant chain TGI Fridays has announced the appointment of Richard Latham as chief operating officer (COO), effective immediately. 

Latham joined Fridays in 2022 as the regional director for the north-west, before becoming national operations director for the brand following his tenure as international country manager for Burger King. 

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Richard Latham, COO, TGI Fridays

Speaking on the appointment, Latham says: "It’s a great honour to be part of this team. We have accomplished so much in such a relatively short period of time, and it remains a pleasure to work alongside a group of such talented and committed individuals. I feel that there are exciting times ahead and am confident we can build upon these successes. While the first half of the year has been challenging, we can look to the remainder of the year with a great deal of confidence. TGI Fridays continues to be the hallmark brand in terms of the value it places on its people and the service it delivers to its guests. I look forward to building upon this firm foundation."

Julie McEwan, Fridays CEO, adds: "We are thrilled to welcome Richard into his new role as chief operating officer. His exceptional performance and contributions as interim COO have been invaluable, and we have no doubt that he will continue to excel and lead our company to even greater heights." 

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