Starbucks has confirmed that the head of its UK and Ireland operations has stepped down. Managing director Phil Broad has been replaced by Darcy Willson-Rymer, previously vice-president of Starbucks Europe, Middle East and Africa. Willson-Rymer’s appointment was confirmed as managing director on 8 August, effective immediately. He will report directly to Martin Coles, president of Starbucks Coffee International. A statement from Starbucks said Broad “has decided to step down for personal reasons”.

“Darcy is a great appointment for the Starbucks UK and Irish business, having been a pivotal figure in the development of our EMEA business in recent years,” said Coles. “Phil has made important contributions to Starbucks UK and Ireland and we want thank him for his leadership and wish him well in his future endeavours.”

“We believe that Starbucks international business will continue to be a good growth engine for the company. We have seen steady, consumer-led growth in the UK for the last 10 years and remain excited by opportunities in the UK and Irish markets,” he added.