Marcel Khan completes Arena Autumn Event speaker line-up

By Berenice, Thursday 19 September 2019

We're delighted to confirm that Marcel Khan, the CEO of Thunderbird Chicken is adding an exciting dimension to the Arena Autumn Event on Monday 30 September.

Marcel has worked at a senior level at some of the fastest-growing businesses in one of the most competitive sectors in the country. As Operations and Brand Development Director, he launched Five Guys, the US’s fastest growing restaurant chain, in Europe. With one restaurant opening every three weeks for five years, it became one of the UK’s fastest growing F&B brands and eight of the 90 UK restaurants were the company’s best performing outlets in the world.

It was a similar story at Nando’s UK where, as regional MD, he helped grow the brand from 42 to 265 restaurants in under ten years. Today, he’s CEO for TriSpan-backed streetfood-to-highstreet chicken restaurant Thunderbird, who under his leadership have opened three stores in London in under six months.

Drawing on his outstanding experience at the top of some of the most distinctive restaurant brands, Marcel will give an insight into successfully defining and building great brands and making them stand out in a crowded market. In a session entitled Joy as a competitive advantage, he’ll also explore the importance and impact of people and culture on a brand’s growth. He’ll bring practical insights and advice on how to lead and inspire a team, define and build a brand and culture, and create a competitive advantage.

Marcel joins an exciting programme of speakers that will explore how strong, recognisable brands are pushing boundaries and disrupting the market to get ahead.  The speakers include Fiona Speakman, Client Director of Food, CGA; Andre Johnstone, Business Development Director, Wagamama; Paul Whyte, Managing Director, Best Food Logistics; Mark McCulloch, Founder, Supersonic Inc; and Malcolm Muir, Director of Consultancy, Venners.

The event also includes a fabulous drinks and canapé reception and three-course lunch with wine.  Join fellow industry professionals from companies including Bidfood, ISS UK & Ireland, Fuller, Smith & Turner Plc, Creed Foodservice, Mitchells & Butlers, Yummy Pub Company, The Landmark London, BaxterStorey, Delifrance, Kraft Heinz, Britvic Soft Drinks, Venners and many more at this fabulous event, which offers plenty of opportunity to interact to help build long-term, mutually beneficial business relationships. or 

Click here for more information and to buy tickets online or contact Lorraine Wood by email or on 07803 853618.