SSP America Adds Industry Veteran to Senior Ops Team

SSP America, a division of SSP Group, a leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, has appointed Oscar Hernandez as Regional Vice President of Operations responsible for business in the West and Southwest regions of the United States. SSP America made the appointment in light of continued growth throughout North America and the company’s commitment to operational and service excellence.

Hernandez is a 22-year renowned operator having held numerous leadership positions earlier in his career with Brinker International Restaurants and Darden Restaurants and has spent a significant number of years in operational roles airside. Hernandez will be responsible for developing and implementing the company’s unique operational vision while building strong relationships with SSP America’s airport partners.

Hernandez commented, “SSP America’s growth is nothing short of phenomenal, and I am so glad to be part of this talented team who are so passionate about bringing a taste of place to the airports we serve. I want to work closely with our onsite teams to focus on the fundamentals of restaurant excellence, and ensure we are instilling a unique and collective sense of passion for our brands in a way that truly offers passengers a reflection each region’s culinary spirit.”

Says Pat Banducci, Chief Operating Officer, “Oscar has joined our team at the right time given his ability to achieve the goals the airports seek in terms of creating a positive passenger experience, while building passion and teamwork at all levels of the operation.”