Independent London-based caterer, Company of Cooks has announced that it is strengthening its senior team with the appointment of leading industry expert, Marie-Aimee Grand as executive director.
Grand brings a wealth of experience to the role. Prior to joining Company of Cooks, which currently partners venues including the Royal Opera House, the National Portrait Gallery, RHS Garden Wisley and Southbank Centre, Grand was managing director for Momentum Services, the customer services provider for Eurostar, for four years and their head of operations and customer service for the previous 11 years.
During her time there she oversaw customer services and catering onboard and in business lounges across the UK, France, Belgium and mobilisation for Holland. Her impressive achievements saw her, and her team being awarded with the ‘Best Change Management Program’ accolade.
As executive director, Grand will nurture and refine the management team and structure, and work with them over the course of the coming year, in particular on a number of development projects with new and existing partners.
Grand said: “It is an enormously exciting time for Company of Cooks. With its impressive 22-year history and an array of prestigious partners in the arts and culture sector, I am proud to be part of the team. I’m looking forward to honing my experience to maximise the potential of what is already a very well-established business.”
The appointment comes as Niels Bus also joins the company as operations director.
Previously the assistant business unit manager at Vermaat, the Dutch market leader in outsourced catering and hospitality services, Bus oversaw openings and operations for several large corporations including Google.
Mike Lucy, founder and CEO of Company of Cooks, added: “Marie and Niels are fantastic additions to our Senior Management Team. I look forward to working with them both as we continue to grow and develop as a business”