Following a shareholder takeover Guy Parsons has left easyHotel after four years, with the group’s non-executive interim chairman stepping in until a new CEO is appointed.

Stelios Haji-Ioannou, the creator and owner of the ‘easy’ brands, had previously objected to the takeover move, describing it as “very low” and only benefiting the lawyers. EasyHotel owns 12 hotels with 1,340 rooms, and 26 franchised hotels with 2,293 rooms, with a pipeline of nine owned and eight franchised.