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Nicholas Schapira will be assigned as new Global Managing Director / Vapiano Franchising International of Vapiano SE

As of 26th November Nicholas Schapira will be assigned as the new Global Managing Director / Vapiano Franchising International of Vapiano SE . In his role Nick will take over the global responsibility of Vapiano’s franchise business.

Nicholas looks back on an impressive career working in business and concept development in the restaurant and retail industries. Nicholas developed the international strategy and platform for Richard Branson’s Virgin Vie At Home, driving the brand expansion from the UK into international markets.

In 2007 Nicholas joined the Jamie Oliver Group as a concept and brand development manager, in 2011 he was promoted to International Business Development Director at Jamie’s Italian International. There he has spent the past 7 years taking the brand from one international restaurant to over 60, with a footprint across all continents and major markets, making Jamie’s the fastest and biggest UK casual dining brand to be exported. During that time he also assisted with the development and then expansion of further Jamie Oliver restaurant concepts such as Jamie’s Pizzeria, Jamie’s Diner and Jamie’s Deli, driving the strategic direction of the brands internationally. In 2017 Nicholas became the International Chief Operating Officer and took over the running of Jamie’s international business, which has opened over 60 restaurants spread across 25 countries. 

Jochen Halfmann, CEO Vapiano SE: “We are very pleased to having gained such an experienced top manager from the restaurant industry, who will be a „perfect fit“ to our Vapiano Culture also in terms of his personality and mindset.”

“Vapiano is a brand I’ve greatly admired from a distance for their ethos, values and for what they’ve achieved globally and I’m thrilled to now have the opportunity to work for the business and be a part of their exciting journey moving forward,” commented Nicholas Schapira.

In his role he will report to the Management Board of Vapiano SE and will be part of the SE senior management team.

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