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Costa Coffee plans leadership change as former McDonald’s exec returns to the industry

Dominic Paul, CEO

Costa Coffee’s CEO Dominic Paul will step down next week having led the coffee chain through its sale to Coca-Cola.  

Mr Paul has overseen strong growth at the high street coffee shop brand and been involved in its complex separation from Whitbread and the development of a new growth strategy.

He will be succeeded by Jill McDonald (right), an experienced retail specialist who most recently served as managing director of Marks & Spencer’s clothing business.

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“Dominic led a significant reshaping of Costa’s international footprint, the expansion of the brand across multiple new platforms and a wide-ranging reset of the core UK business strategy,” said Jennifer Mann, president of global ventures for The Coca-Cola Company.

New boss McDonald, who will report to Ms Mann, said: “I have long been a fan of Costa and have watched the company grow in the UK and far beyond. I look forward to joining the Costa leadership team and building on the great foundation and growth potential in the business.”

Prior to her time at Marks & Spencer, she served as CEO of Halfords Group and also served as UK CEO and division president for North Europe at McDonald’s.

Coca-Cola said that Mr Paul will remain with Costa as a special advisor through to February 2020, supporting the transition.

Costa Coffee operates more than 2,600 coffee shops in the UK and 1,300 internationally.

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