PizzaExpress has added to its UK and Irish leadership team by announcing Christian Haas as its new retail and product director.

Leading a newly formed team, the pizzeria says Haas’ role has been created to bring additional cross-departmental synergies across product related functions, whilst driving end-to-end quality, efficiency and innovation.

Haas joins from Waitrose where he spent the last 14 years, most recently leading the category management function.

Christian Haas said: “I’m delighted to be joining PizzaExpress at what marks an exciting, pivotal time for the business. It’s clear our customers love the brand and I look forward to working with the talented teams within the business to help maximise PizzaExpress’ future potential, in line with our Future Express strategy”.

Managing director of PizzaExpress, Zoe Bowley, added: “The appointment of Christian Haas as retail and product director will enable us to make a significant positive difference to our customer offer and assist us in optimising our Future Express roll out.