Pret A Manger today announced the appointment of Clare Clough as its UK managing director.
For the last nine years, Ms Clough has been at the heart of Pret’s food and coffee teams.
She joined the company as head of food and technical and has since become its global food and coffee director.
As well as leading the development of Pret’s new vegetarian and vegan menus, she has overseen the introduction of Pret’s Allergy Plan over the last year, including the reformulation of over 70 recipes to remove unnecessary allergens.
Prior to joining Pret, she worked in commercial and technical roles for Tesco having graduated with a degree in food technology from Reading University.
Pano Christou, who replaces CEO Clive Schlee at the end of this month, commented: “Clare’s innovation strategy has undoubtedly been behind Pret’s success over the last decade. Thanks to her work and leadership, Pret’s winning recipe of delicious, fresh food continues to appeal to millions of customers every year.
“Importantly, Clare has been instrumental in redesigning our food production processes as part of Pret’s Allergy Plan. Her knowledge of Pret and deep understanding of our customers makes her the ideal person to take our UK business forward as we enter a new chapter in Pret’s history.”
Pret A Manger opened in London in 1986. Its sandwiches, salads and wraps are handmade fresh each day in every shop’s on-site kitchen using carefully sourced ingredients.
The chain currently runs more than 500 shops in nine countries.
Ms Clough said she was honoured to take on the responsibility of leading Pret’s teams across the UK.
“Pret’s Team Members have been the heartbeat of Pret’s success over the last decade, and with the acquisition of EAT, the expansion of Veggie Pret, and our plans to grow Pret online, we have a huge opportunity to take Pret to even more customers over the next few years.
“I’m looking forward to building on the success we’ve achieved so far, and to growing our unique combination of outstanding customer service and delicious, fresh food and coffee across the UK.”