Greene King COO to become SSP CEO for UK & Ireland

SSP Group plc, the operator of food and beverage concessions in travel locations worldwide, has just announced the appointment of Richard Lewis as CEO of SSP UK and Ireland, effective 1 September.

Lewis joins SSP from Greene King plc, where for the past two years he has held the role of Chief Operating Officer, helping to drive sales, market share and productivity gains and improve customer service. He will sit on the company’s Group Executive Team and report into Simon Smith, Group CEO.

Simon Smith said, “I’m absolutely delighted to be welcoming Richard to the SSP team. With experience in operations, commercial, property and general management, and a track record of delivering strong financial performance, he’s the perfect fit for the role.”

Lewis, CEO designate, added, “I’m hugely excited to be joining SSP UK & Ireland and moving into the travel F&B arena. SSP is a fantastic businesses with a great team, and many opportunities for future growth. I look forward to continuing the success that Simon achieved in the role these past five years.”