SSP hires Mark Angela, previously CEO of PizzaExpress to lead the SSP UK & Ireland division

SSP News Release 13-January-2012

SSP Group, the leading dedicated operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations, is pleased to announce that it has hired Mark Angela, as the CEO of its UK and Ireland division.† Mark will join the company on February 20 and will oversee a business†that generated sales in excess of £650m in 2011.

Mark has spent the last four years as CEO of PizzaExpress Restaurants, prior to which he was Managing Director of Greene King plc for three years.† Mark previously held general management and marketing roles in the FMCG and pharmaceutical sectors, including 11 years at Colgate-Palmolive and five years at ICI (now Astra-Zeneca).

Andrew Lynch, CEO of SSP Group, said: "I am delighted to welcome Mark to SSP.† His strong track record of delivering profitable growth in consumer focused brands like PizzaExpress and Greene King speaks for itself.† His leadership skills and experience are perfectly suited to continuing the growth of our UK and Ireland division.† I would also like to thank the departing UK and Ireland CEO, Tony Keating, for his outstanding contribution to the company over almost 30 years of service, and to wish him all the best for the future as he pursues other interests outside of SSP."

Mark Angela commented: "Given the positive long-term trends in the travel sector and SSP's unrivalled position within it, this is an exciting time to be joining a business with such unique experience and an†outstanding portfolio of brands.† 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."

SSP's UK and Ireland†division has 650 trading units and employs around 10,000 staff.

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