The founder of Island Grill, Thalia Lyn, is to step down as CEO.

Lyn will be replaced at the helm of Island Grill by Tania Waldron-Gooden, effective May 1.

The company made the announcement in a statement on Tuesday.

Island Grill’s chairman, Howard Mitchell, said Ms Waldron-Gooden’s experience and background make her an excellent choice to join the company’s executive.

The statement says the company’s leadership change comes as Island Grill plans to expand its physical footprint.

Lyn is stepping down after leading the company since its 1991 inception.

Despite leaving the role as head of the company, the statement says Lyn will play a significant role in planned development over the next 18-months.

Lyn welcomed Ms Waldron-Gooden to the role.

Lyn praised Waldron-Gooden’s exceptional achievements in her career, her values and commitment to the development of Jamaica and Jamaican companies make her ideal, and we are genuinely welcoming her.

Meanwhile, Waldron-Gooden said she was “honoured” by the appointment.

She said she intends to add even more value and help to chart the best course for Island Grill into the future.

Waldron-Gooden will work closely with the existing executive team, which presently consists of Lyn’s son Michael and his wife Denise.

Ms Waldron-Gooden has been a board member and chairperson of the audit committee at Island Grill for the past three years. She joins Island Grill as CEO having most recently served as CEO of Caribbean Assurance Brokers, CAB.

Before joining CAB, Waldron-Gooden served as senior vice president of investments at Mayberry.