Jack Moran is to oversee Le Pain Quotidien in the UK, after being named managing director Europe for the continental coffee shop and bakery business. Moran replaces Steven Whibley, who stepped down as managing director for Le Pain Quotidien UK in February. Whibley has since joined the board of Villandry, the two-strong restaurant business recently acquired by Philippe Le Roux, the entrepreneur who bought Le Pain Quotidien to the UK. Moran was vice president of food & beverage and brand for the chain for three years and he will now oversee the group’s operation across Belgium, France, Germany, Holland, Russia, Spain, Switzerland and the UK. Le Pain was founded in the early 1990s in Belgium by chef Alain Coumont and currently has more than 80 stores in more than 10 countries worldwide including, the Middle East and the US, where it is now based. The UK part of the business was acquired by its parent company for between £10m and £15m in 2009. The company currently operates 18 sites across London. In March, the chain appointed Diane Wood as its new finance director. Wood was previously head of finance at Hotelconnect, the online hotel booking service, for three years.