Pizza Express chief Mark Angela will join travel sector caterer SSP Group as its new CEO of its UK and Ireland business next month.
SSP, which operates a range of food and beverage brands in travel locations, confirmed Angela will begin his new role on February 20th, overseeing a business that generated sales of £650m last year.
Angela has extensive experience of the commercial catering sector. Prior to his four-year stint at Pizza Express, he managed Greene King for three years.
“His strong track record of delivering profitable growth in consumer focused brands like PizzaExpress and Greene King speaks for itself,” said Andrew Lynch, CEO of SSP Group. “His leadership skills and experience are perfectly suited to continuing the growth of our UK and Ireland division.”
SSP’’s UK and Ireland division has 650 trading units and currently employs around 10,000 staff.
Angela said it was an “exciting time” to be joining the organisation given the positive long-term trends in the travel sector and SSP’s position within it.
“I am looking forward to the challenge of helping SSP fulfil its impressive ambitions in the UK & Ireland and to cementing its market-leading positions in both the air and rail sectors,” he added.