THE FORMER boss of WH Smith is to take over as chief executive of SSP, the travel concessions group which also runs a handful of the stationer’s stores.
SSP, which runs 2,100 travel outlets for brands such as Marks & Spencer and Starbucks in 30 countries, said Kate Swann is to join in September, replacing Andrew Lynch.
Swann stepped down from WH Smith at the beginning of July after a decade with the chain.
During her tenure she steered the group out of its flagging entertainment categories, investing in travel outlets.
Swann will have also brokered the relationship with SSP, which started working with the retailer in 2007 and now runs 12 of its stores.
SSP was spun off from catering giant Compass in 2006 in a £1.3bn management buyout backed by EQT, the Swedish private equity firm. It also owns brands including Upper Crust and the Merchant pub at Liverpool Street station.