POWER LIST 2018, BUSINESS LEADERS: Kate Swann, CEO, SSP Group

Kate Swann remains one of the most powerful figures in the food and hospitality industry, presiding over a business that is present in more than 30 markets, operates 450 brands and serves around one million customers every day.

The company’s reputation for creating and running food outlets in travel locations has led to it becoming a partner and inspiration for many operators keen to gain success in a sector that is notoriously difficult to crack. 

Although it has 19 offices around the world, its central team is located in London, from where Kate and her executive leaders plot the company’s global growth strategy.

Last year it increased its capital expenditure to a record £115m, reflecting a strong increase in net contract gains as the company racked up sales of £2.3 billion.

New concepts launched in the UK and Ireland this year include The Camden Bar & Kitchen at London Stansted Airport, which features a full service premium bar offer on the upper level and a bar and deli for grab-and-go convenience on the lower level, and Sip & Stone, a premium restaurant bar concept with a locally-sourced menu at Belfast International Airport.

Internationally the group has launched a subsidiary in India and landed a major contract to operate 17 units within Bahrain International Airport’s new passenger terminal.

Profile

Company: SSP Group
Address: 169 Euston Road, London, NW1 2AE
Tel: 0207 543 3300
Twitter: @SSPUKCareers
Website: www.foodtravelexperts.com
Focus: Travel retail

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