Greene King’s Richard Lewis has been appointed CEO of SSP UK and Ireland, effective from 1 September.

Lewis has spent the past two years as chief operating officer at the brewing and pub group.

He will sit on the company’s group executive team and report to Simon Smith, group CEO. Smith was promoted from chief executive of the SSP UK and Ireland last November after group CEO Kate Swann stepped down.

Commenting on Lewis’ appointment, Smith said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be welcoming Richard to the SSP team. With experience in operations, commercial, property and general management, and a track record of delivering strong financial performance, he’s the perfect fit for the role.”

Lewis added: “I’m hugely excited to be joining SSP UK & Ireland and moving into the travel F&B arena. SSP is a fantastic business with a great team, and many opportunities for future growth. I look forward to continuing the success that Simon achieved in the role these past five years.”