Bakery Le Pain Quotidien has appointed a UK managing director for the first time. 

Peter Jenkins, formerly operations director, has taken the role, UK marketing manager Amy Berman told British Baker.

Jenkins, who has 20 years’ experience in operations in companies, including Pret A Manger and Selfridges, first joined the 24-strong chain in April 2014.

Berman refused to comment on whether the boulangerie and restaurant chain was now set for further expansion in the UK.

Le Pain Quotidien (The Daily Bread) is a privately held company with its headquarters in New York City. It has more than 200 locations on five continents, with outlets in countries including Belgium, the Netherlands, the UK, France, India, Switzerland, Brazil, Mexico, Turkey, Spain, Bahrain, Russia, Argentina, Japan, and the USA.

Founder Alain Coumont opened the first Le Pain Quotidien in Brussels, Belgium in 1990.