SSP Group hires Ann-Marie Murphy as chief people officer

SSP Group chief people officerMultinational contract foodservice firm SSP Group has appointed Ann-Marie Murphy as its new chief people officer.

Murphy will take up the role early next year. She will join from The Gym Group, where she has worked since 2018, initially in the role of director of people and development, later as chief people officer, where she set up its people function, designing and delivering strategies for talent, learning and development, performance, inclusion, and reward, and finally as chief operations officer.

Prior to this, Murphy was group human resources director at New Look, where she established the global HR function. She also worked for nearly 13 years at Tui Travel, holding a variety of senior HR roles, with a remit covering the UK, North America, France, Spain and Australia.

Murphy said: “With more than 40,000 colleagues across 36 countries around the world, it’s clear to me that people are at the heart of SSP’s business. I’m delighted to be joining such a well-regarded global business and management team at this exciting time in the organisation’s onward journey.”

Patrick Coveney, chief executive of SSP, added: “I am delighted to welcome Ann-Marie into the SSP family. With her extensive sector and international experience and track record of developing and implementing people strategies, she will prove a great addition to both our group executive and people leadership teams. We have an exciting people and cultural agenda ahead, and I am confident that Ann-Marie has the experience, leadership skills and personality to support, shape and drive that journey.”