Kate Skerritt, co-founder of healthy food-on-the-go concept POD and head of retail at Le Pain Quotidien, has stepped down as director of food EMEA at Starbucks, MCA has learnt.

Skerritt spent five months at Le Pain before taking up the position at Starbucks in February, where she has helped created its food strategy for the next three years.

She co-founded POD with Tim Hall and Emma Blackmore in 2005 and acted as its director of business development until October.

She said at the time: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at pod but the time is now right to me to move on and pursue some exciting opportunities elsewhere, I wish the team the best of luck for the future.”