Travel concession operator SSP has named Kate Swan as its new chief executive officer.
Swann will take up her new role on 4 September, when she succeeds Andrew Lynch who steps down after nine years in the job.
She joins with 23 years' experience in the retail industry, having spent 10 years as CEO of WHSmith. Commenting on her new appointment, Swann said she is looking forward to working with the SSP team to continue the business.
Lynch said: "I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to lead SSP for a long and exciting period and I am proud to leave it in good shape, with a strong track record of sales and profit growth, an exciting pipeline, and an excellent management team."
SSP chairman Vagn Soerensen added: "Andrew has done a great job in building SSP into an international market leader in its sector. The strength of both the management team and brand portfolio leaves the business very well-positioned for further growth.
"We wish him every success in the future. I very much look forward to working with Kate to continue developing SSP in the years to come. SSP will benefit from Kate's vast retail experience from WHSmith in accelerating growth and working with business partners, while continuously improving the customer experience."