Costa MD resigns

Christopher Rogers, outgoing MD of Costa Coffee
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High street café Costa Coffee has announced that managing director Christopher Rogers is to step down.

Rogers will remain with Costa until 1 July, but his replacement, Dominic Paul, will become managing director on 6 June. Paul joins from Royal Caribbean International, where he has been senior vice-president, international, since November 2013.

Rogers, also an executive director at Costa’s parent company Whitbread, will be stepping down from the board following its next meeting on 20 April.

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 11 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.”

Alison Brittain, chief executive officer at Whitbread, said: “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.

“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 make him the perfect fit for Costa.”

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