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John Clark will be a key liaison between SSP America and regional partners, including airports and airlines; The Palm at JFK T4 shown

UNITED STATES. Leading travel restaurateur SSP America, a division of the SSP Group, has promoted John Clark to senior vice president of development, airports and airlines. He will serve as the key executive interface between US and Canadian airlines and SSP America. He will also liaise with airport executives and various industry associations.

John Clark: Distinguished career in the US airport industry and with SSP America since 2015

SSP America Deputy General Manager Pat Murray said, “John’s leadership has been especially critical over the past several years as the industry has worked collaboratively through the Airport Retail and Restaurant Association. to advocate for measures that mitigate the impact of the pandemic on our business. John’s expertise and consistent leadership has been crucial as we navigated the pandemic.

Clark joined SSP America in 2015, after serving as director and CEO of three US airports.

He has served as a director on the board of directors of the American Association of Airport Managers (AAAE), president of the Airports Council International of North America (ACI-NA) and has served on the council’s board of directors.

He was also a member of the Executive Committee of the Airports Council International (ACI) Global Board of Directors and Chairman of the Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC).

SSP America CEO Michael Svagdis added, “The North American aviation catering industry and SSP America have gone through incredible changes over the past few years. John’s leadership and passion for our business is key to ensuring we work collaboratively with our industry partners.

“Our goal is to provide a world-class dining experience and create rewarding career opportunities for our team members, and John is a key part of our ability to achieve these goals.”

*Registration is now open for the Airport Food & Beverage (FAB) conference, which will be held as a virtual event on September 12-13. Registration is free and can be done via this link through organizer The Moodie Davitt Report.

The event will be complemented by the people-focused FAB Superstars Awards. There is now less than a month to go until the application deadline, with the opportunity for companies to make nominations to this link.


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