Pat Murray is charged with developing and growing SSP America’s portfolio across North America, overseeing a division responsible for business development, design & construction, brands & concepts, strategic partnerships, and corporate marketing and communications.
Pat has been an instrumental force in realising SSP America’s vision of delivering a ‘taste of place’ to North American airports, driven by SSP’s strong alliance of award-winning local brands, impassioned culinary professionals and leading restaurateurs. He is also recognised for spearheading unique strategic partnership models that have helped to drive innovation and transform business development within the travel food & beverage industry. His leadership and extraordinary commitment to the industry have been integral to SSP America’s dramatic continuing growth.
Pat’s background in restaurant management and concept development prepared him well for the multi-discipline environment of the food & beverage travel arena. He began his hospitality career with Al Copeland Investments at Copeland’s of New Orleans, where he rose through the ranks from entry-level manager to Senior Vice President of Operations. During his 14-year tenure with the organisation Copeland’s grew from eight restaurants in three states to 55 restaurants in 13 states. Pat then served as Director of Concept Development at HMSHost before joining SSP America.