Whitbread has announced that Christopher Rogers, managing director of Costa and an executive director on the Whitbread PLC board has decided to leave the company. Dominic Paul has been appointed to succeed him as Costa’s new managing director.
Rogers will step down from the board following the next board meeting on 20 April and Paul will commence his new role on 6 June. To support Paul and ensure a smooth transition, Rogers will remain with the company until 1 July.
Paul joins from Royal Caribbean International where he has been senior vice-president international since November 2013. His role saw him responsible for the international business outside of the company’s US operations with a focus on growing the business in Asia Pacific and China where Royal Caribbean is now the largest cruise brand. Prior to joining Royal Caribbean International in 2010, Paul was the managing director and chief operating officer at BMI.
Richard Baker, chairman, said: “Chris has made an immense contribution to Whitbread over the last eleven years. He joined Whitbread as Finance Director in 2005 and played a leading role in the transformation of the Group to a more focused and profitable business. He then took the helm at Costa in 2012 and under his leadership Costa has grown rapidly from under 2,500 stores to over 3,200 today and is firmly established as the UK’s favourite coffee shop chain.”
Alison Brittain, CEO at Whitbread, added: “During his tenure Chris has played a key role in establishing the successful Group that we have today, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank him for this and to wish him well in the future.
“I am delighted that Dominic Paul will be joining Whitbread to lead Costa in its next exciting stage of growth. Dominic brings a wealth of experience in the travel and leisure industry, both here in the UK and overseas and his recent experience is particularly relevant for Costa’s international growth plans. His passion for delivering outstanding customer experiences and track record of delivering growth in customer-focused hospitality businesses makes him the perfect fit for Costa.”
Chris Rogers said: “I have loved being part of Whitbread and Costa during what has been a period of enormous value creation and growth, and after eleven years, I have decided that now is the right time for change. Costa is a great business with tremendous people and I wish them, Alison and all my colleagues at Whitbread every future success.”
Commenting on his new appointment, Dominic Paul, said: “Costa is a fantastic business with a huge amount of further potential – both in the UK and overseas – and I am extremely excited to be working with the team to take the business to the next level.”