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Lee Nixon steps down as Managing Director of Ole & Steen

Nixon steps down after doubling the Danish bakery café chain’s UK footprint over the last three years, with Operations Director Tim Selby to lead the business in the interim

Under Nixon’s leadership, Ole & Steen grew from 12 UK stores to 26 | Photo credit: Ole & Steen


Lee Nixon has stepped down as Managing Director of Danish bakery cafe chain Ole & Steen, according to Propel.  

Nixon assumed the role in July 2020, having previously served as Director of UK&I Operations at Le Pain Quotidien and Operations Director for Costa Coffee’s UK drive-thru estate. 

Under Nixon’s leadership, Ole & Steen grew from 12 UK stores to 26, with new stores opening in Guildford, London Wall and Kingston this year. 

Operations Director Tim Selby will serve as Interim Managing Director. Selby previously held the same role at Masala Zone, as well as Chief Operating officer of Gusto restaurants. 

Copenhagen-based Ole & Steen was formed in 2008 when founders Ole Kristoffersen and Steen Skallebaek's merged their bakery businesses. 

Alongside its 26 UK stores, Ole & Steen operates four stores in the US and approximately 110 outlets in Denmark, where it operates as Lagkagehuset. 

Following the pandemic, Ole & Steen said it would open more than 40 new stores across London and New York by 2024. 

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