By Jonathan Davies

The owner of Costa Coffee and Premier Inn has appointed Alison Brittain as its new chief executive.

The appointment makes Whitbread the sixth FTSE 100 to have a female chief executive.

Ms Brittain moves from Lloyds Banking Group, where she was head of retail. She is also a non-executive director at Marks & Spencer.

She will join Whitbread in January, replacing Andy Harrison who retires in February.