NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The ONE Group Hospitality, Inc. (NASDAQ: STKS) today announced that Alejandro Munoz-Suarez (Alex), Chief Operating Officer (COO), and Samuel (Sam) Goldfinger, Chief Financial Officer (CFO), will be leaving the Company to pursue other opportunities. Following the appointment of Manny Hilario to the board of directors last week, board member Richard Perlman notified the Company that he has stepped down from the board.
The Company has commenced a search for a new CFO. Mr. Goldfinger has entered into a separation agreement with the Company pursuant to which he has agreed to assist the Company with its transition to a new CFO. Following Mr. Munoz-Suarez’s departure, the board of directors has determined that the COO role will be temporarily eliminated as part of the Company’s increased emphasis on licensing growth opportunities. This move will further enhance the Company’s continuing reductions in general and administrative expenses.
“As our growth strategy continues around an asset-light business model focused on management and licensing opportunities, we remain motivated to drive efficiencies that are aligned with that growth strategy,” said Jonathan Segal, CEO of the ONE Group. “On behalf of the entire team at the ONE Group and our board of directors, I would like to thank Richard, Sam and Alejandro for their contributions to the Company.”
About The ONE Group
The ONE Group (Nasdaq:STKS) is a global hospitality company that develops and operates upscale, high-energy restaurants and lounges and provides hospitality management services for hotels, casinos and other high-end venues both nationally and internationally. The ONE Group’s primary restaurant brand is STK, a modern twist on the American steakhouse concept with locations in major metropolitan cities throughout the U.S. and Europe. The ONE Group’s food and beverage hospitality services business, ONE Hospitality, provides the development, management and operations for premier restaurants and turn-key food and beverage services within high-end hotels and casinos. Additional information about The ONE Group can be found at www.togrp.com.
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Investors are referred to the most recent reports filed with the SEC by The ONE Group Hospitality, Inc. Investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance upon any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made, and we undertake no obligation to update or revise the forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.