Aramark UK has appointed Rodney Payne as its global account director, a newly-created role that will see him tasked with growing and evolving the caterer’s proposition internationally.
Mr Payne, who previously spent 11 years at Searcys in commercial operations and regional director roles, has worked in the hospitality sector for more than three decades and will report into Aramark UK managing director, Helen Milligan-Smith.
The appointment comes as Aramark focuses on opportunities for growth as the country comes out of the pandemic and the hospitality industry reopens.
Mr Payne joined Aramark in 1999 as national development chef and worked his way up to more senior roles, eventually becoming director of operations in 2004. He left the company in 2010 to join Searcy’s.
He commented: “I am delighted to return to Aramark to take on this new and exciting role working with our international clients and building our global profile. I’m focused on developing and maintaining relationships with some of our biggest clients and continuing to evolve our offering to give us a competitive edge.
“My previous journey with Aramark built the foundations for my career and I am thrilled to be returning and starting this new chapter.”
Ms Milligan-Smith added: “Rodney is a fantastic addition to our team, and I am really excited to see the impact he will have in his new role. Growing our business is a big focus for the future and Rodney’s wealth of knowledge makes him the perfect candidate for the role.
“His years of experience in the industry will help us to develop the relationships we have with our existing clients and build on relationships with future clients.”