Whitbread appoints Alison Brittain as chief executive

Coffee maker in Costa Coffee Image copyright Costa

Whitbread, the company behind Costa Coffee and Premier Inn, has appointed Alison Brittain to head the company.

It will become the sixth FTSE 100 company to have a female chief executive officer.

Ms Brittain joins from Lloyds Banking Group, where she was head of its retail division.

She previously worked for Santander and Barclays. Ms Brittain is also a non-executive director at Marks and Spencer.

She will join the company in January and replace current boss Andy Harrison, who will retire in February.

The number of women on the boards of FTSE 100 companies has risen over the past four years to almost a quarter of all board members.

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