Former M&S clothing boss McDonald joins Costa Coffee

Jill McDonald

Costa Coffee has appointed former Halfords and Marks & Spencer clothing executive Jill McDonald as its new chief executive.

McDonald is set to take up her new role at the nationwide coffee chain, which was sold to Coca Cola at the beginning of the year, on December 2 and will replace outgoing boss Dominic Paul.

The former M&S executive was ousted from her role as the boss of the retailer’s struggling home and clothing division in July after less than two years in the role. Prior to joining M&S, McDonald was chief executive of bike retailer Halfords between 2015 and 2017.

At the time, the retailer’s chief executive Steve Rowe said M&S had “the worst availability in casual clothes I have ever seen in my life”.

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