SSP has appointed a former Poundland executive as managing director for its UK operation, MCA understands.

Simon Twigger joined the travel concessions operator earlier this year as it seeks further partnerships with operators across the sector.

It is understood that Twigger will report into UK & Ireland chief executive, Simon Smith.

Twigger was most recently managing director at Bowline Management Ltd and previously worked as trading director for Poundland and managing director of Convenience Stores for Sainsbury’s.

SSP’s most recent partnership is with Crussh, the healthy food and juice chain, which will open its first site under the partnership at London’s Paddington station this month, with a pipeline of additional outlets under discussion.