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.