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  • Title
    CEO
  • Company
    Whitbread
  • Country
    U.K.
  • Age
    51

As head of retail banking at Lloyds Banking Group, Brittain was considered one of the most powerful women in British banking and was even seen as a potential CEO successor there. But in December 2015, she took over as CEO of Whitbread, the owner of Costa Coffee shops and budget hotel brand Premier Inn. Whitbread reported $4.4 billion in revenue last year, an increase of 4%. Now Brittain is under pressure to revive the success of the conglomerate’s crown jewel Costa, where same-store sales increased 3% (in local currency) last year, down from 6% the year prior. She says she will boost Costa sales some 50% by 2020, which she plans to do, in part, by adding more than 300 stores in China.

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Company Financials

2015 Revenues
$4,420
2015 Profits
$591
Market Value (as of 8/26/16)
$10,090