Starbucks has appointed Pizza Hut’s Mark Fox as the chief executive of its business in the UK.
Due to join Starbucks on 6 January 2014, Fox has over 20 years experience in retail and franchise operations. His most recent role was chief executive at the Yum Brands owned Pizza Hut. Prior to that he worked with catering and hospitality group Compass.
In his new role, Fox will succeed Kris Engskov who was promoted earlier this year to the position of president of Starbucks EMEA.
Commenting on the announcement Engskov said: “We are very pleased to welcome Mark to Starbucks. This is an exciting time for the UK business as we evolve our growth model to accelerate our growth in this critical market. Mark’s prior experience couldn’t be more relevant in supporting where we are headed at Starbucks.
“He has an impressive track record of delivering growth in the competitive retail markets, and I am greatly looking forward to working with him as we continue to drive the UK business into profit.”