Nicolas Budzynski appointed CEO of LPM Restaurant & Bar

Nicolas Budzynski appointed CEO of LPM Restaurant & Bar

LPM Restaurant & Bar has announced the appointment of Nicolas Budzynski as its new CEO. Budzynski, who previously served as the global operations director of LPM Restaurant & Bar, will now lead the company’s strategic direction and oversee operations on a global level.

 With a distinguished career in the hospitality industry spanning nearly two decades, Budzynski is widely recognized for his dynamic leadership style, his drive to deliver unique guest experiences and his expertise in project and change management. Since joining LPM Restaurant & Bar in March 2019, Budzynski has played a pivotal role in driving the brand’s growth and success while considerably improving the financial performance of an already successful business.

 Under his leadership, LPM Restaurant & Bar has achieved significant milestones, including the opening of three new locations in Riyadh, Limassol, and Doha, in addition to the successful renovation of two flagship restaurants in both London and Dubai. Budzynski also led the efforts to put LPM Restaurant & Bar Middle East on the map, resulting in the company being officially recognized in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants Middle East and Africa debut list in 2022, with Dubai and Riyadh ranking in 8th and 42nd place respectively.

 Budzynski has been instrumental in spearheading the launch of LPM Restaurant & Bar’s signature cocktail menu, Jean Cocteau, which helped position the brand as one of the top 10 restaurant bars in the world in the Tales of the Cocktail 2022. He has also been focused on the brand’s development, keeping it timeless yet relevant in a constantly evolving industry, and enhancing the company’s work culture to establish low employee turnover. This has been achieved through his significant role in the nurturing and growth of internal talent while sourcing and developing young professionals joining the industry. 

 Commenting on his appointment as CEO, Budzynski said: “I am honored to take on the role of CEO at LPM Restaurant & Bar, and extremely grateful to the founders and owners for their trust. I am equally grateful for the support and efforts given by each and every team member at LPM, without whom the company wouldn’t be where it is today. It is an exciting time for the company as we continue to grow and expand our global presence. I am committed to building on our success and driving the brand forward while maintaining our focus on delivering exceptional guest experiences and ensuring the well-being and development of our team.”

 As LPM Restaurant & Bar’s CEO, Budzynski will continue to prioritize the brand’s vision and mission, drive innovation and ensure top guest experiences across all locations. 

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Rita Ghantous

Rita Ghantous is a hospitality aficionado and a passionate writer with over 9 years’ experience in journalism and 5 years experience in the hospitality sector. Her passion for the performance arts and writing, started early. At 10 years old she was praised for her solo performance of the Beatles song “All My Love” accompanied by a guitarist, and was approached by a French talent scout during her school play. However, her love for writing was stronger. Fresh out of school, she became a freelance journalist for Noun Magazine and was awarded the Silver Award Cup for Outstanding Poetry, by The International Library of Poetry (Washington DC). She studied Business Management and earned a Masters degree from Saint Joseph University (USJ), her thesis was published in the Proche-Orient, Études en Management book. She then pursued a career in the hospitality industry but didn’t give up writing, that is why she launched the Four Points by Sheraton Le Verdun Newsletter. Her love for the industry and journalism led her to Hospitality Services - the organizers of the HORECA trade show in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Jordan, as well as Salon Du Chocolat, Beirut Cooking Festival, Whisky Live and other regional shows. She is currently the Publications Executive of Hospitality News Middle East, Taste & Flavors and Lebanon Traveler. It is with ultimate devotion for her magazines that she demonstrates her hospitality savoir-faire.

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