Costa Coffee has announced that CEO Dominic Paul is to be replaced Jill McDonald, formerly of Marks & Spencer.

Paul led Costa through the to The Coca-Cola Company, the complex separation from Whitbread and the development of Costa’s new growth strategy.

McDonald was previously managing director of clothing and home for M&S and CEO of Halfords Group.

She has also held roles with McDonald’s, serving as UK CEO and division president, North Europe, and British Airways, as global head of marketing.

Jennifer Mann, president of global ventures for Coca-Cola, said: “Dominic led a significant reshaping of Costa’s international footprint, the expansion of the brand across multiple new platforms and a wide-ranging reset of the core UK business strategy.

“I am excited to welcome Jill to the Costa family,” Mann said. “Her track record, depth of international experience and excitement about joining our business makes her an ideal leader to build on the great work of Dominic and the rest of the Costa team.”

McDonald said: “I have long been a fan of Costa and have watched the company grow in the UK and far beyond. I look forward to joining the Costa leadership team and building on the great foundation and growth potential in the business.”

Paul will remain with Costa as a special advisor through February 2020, supporting the transition.

Costa Coffee operates more than 2,600 coffee shops in the UK and more than 1,300 in 31 international markets.