Former Costa Coffee UK&I MD Jason Cotta will replace Jesper Friis as Chief Executive Officer for Ole & Steen (Lagkagehuset) from late August 2019
The premium bakery concept currently operates 97 sites, predominantly in Denmark with key expansion targets in London and New York City.
The Danish bakery chain has appointed former Costa Coffee UK & Ireland MD, Jason Cotta, as its new CEO with a view to focus on the brand’s international growth and expansion.
Ole & Steen, which trades as Lagkagehuset in Denmark, currently operates 97 boutique stores across Europe, including 11 in London, and opened its first New York site earlier this year. The company was acquired by investment firm Nordic Capital in 2017.
Commenting on plans for further international expansion, Chairman Henrik Brandt said, “We look forward to welcoming Jason Cotta to Ole & Steen and its many talented and passionate employees. Jason, with his considerable industry experience and international profile, will be able to contribute significantly to the next stage of growth of the business with the further internationalisation of Ole & Steen.”
Commenting on the new role and vision for the company, Cotta said;
“I am deeply impressed by the unique market position Ole & Steen has established in such a short period of time. I see a strong concept based on very high-quality products and services with significant potential for further growth and expansion.”