Venezuelan-born Lorena Garcia is currently one of the country’s leading chefs. Garcia left the legal world behind her and enrolled at Johnson & Wales University, graduating with a degree in culinary arts and more recently receiving an honorary doctorate degree.
Patrick joined SSP in April 2022 as Group CEO. He previously spent 14 years as Group CEO of Greencore Group plc, a leading producer of convenience foods in the UK and Ireland, having joined in 2006 as CFO.
Born in Viterbo in 1968, he took a GCSE in humanities at Liceo “F.A. Gualterio “in Orvieto in 1987. His professional career started in Autogrill in 1991, where he trained at Corso Allievi and then one year later was appointed Manager in Novara; his professional development went on, until he became Marketing Manager for Autobar in 1999.
Walter Seib is the CEO of HMSHost International; the world leader in creating dining experiences for travel venues, with nearly 600 stores in 41 airports, 33 train stations and 7 shopping malls across 19 countries in Europe, India, the Middle East and Asia Pacific.
Executive Vice President and Group Director, Airports at Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield
As Executive Vice President and Group Director of URW Airports, Mike Salzman oversees URW’s airports portfolio. With a background in real estate development and transportation infrastructure, Salzman brings deep experience in developing large-scale, consumer-driven projects and developing commercial opportunities in regulated environments.
Greg Plummer is a seasoned restaurateur, entrepreneur and community advocate based in Los Angeles, CA. In 2016, he launched Enjoy Repeat, a full-service hospitality management, development and branding firm, with the goal of creating exciting brands and events that are so enjoyed , that its patrons long to repeat the experiences often.
Chief Commercial Officer, Bangalore International Airport Limited
Kenneth has over 25 years of experience in managing the commercial business in the Aviation sector. He has played a pivotal role in establishing commercial goals and roadmaps for all revenue streams at BLR Airport.
Asst. Vice President - Commercial Development, Bangalore International Airport Limited
A retail professional with more than 19 years of experience in the retail industry across various functions, profiles and channels with core competencies in strategy, business development, travel retail operations, sales & distribution and brand management.
Asst. General Manager - Commercial Development, Bangalore International Airport Limited
Saurabh joined Bangalore International Airport Limited in 2019. He is part of the Commercial Development team and responsible for transforming Kempegowda International Airport (BLR Airport) as a preferred destination for shopping & dining.
Smart’s CEO and Creative Director, Nick Baker, holds over 30 years of experience working in the transportation and hospitality industries. Specialising in the generation of revenue from non-aeronautical or core sources, Nick has had instrumental impact on creating some of the most commercially enviable airports across the globe.
Jill Danis is an Interior Designer and Project Manager at Smart Design Group, with 10 years of industry experience, 8 of which were with the Smart team where Jill has been heavily involved in airport design and strategisation. Jill is a registered Interior Designer and holds a LEED AP Interior Design + Construction designation.
Kathy Casey is a celebrated chef, mixologist, and pioneer in the bar-chef movement. Early in her career, she was lauded as a Top 10 Chef by Food & Wine Magazine. She is touted as the original Bar Chef and was named one of the Top 10 most influential bar people of the past 25 years. Kathy is the CEO of Kathy Casey Inc. which is the umbrella to her multiple businesses.
Dermot Davitt is one of the most experienced editors and commentators working in the travel retail media. He joined what was then The Moodie Report in April 2006 as Deputy Publisher, becoming a shareholder and President in August 2015.
Martin Moodie created The Moodie Davitt Report (then called The Moodie Report) in 2002, driving it to prominence from a start-up to the leading provider of business intelligence for the travel retail and airport commercial revenue sectors. He also conceived The Trinity Forum, The Foodie Report and the Airport Food & Beverage (FAB) Conference & Awards.
Kevin Zajax is CEO of Ground Control, specialist business advisory for airports and stadiums as well as retail and F&B brands. Ground Control’s mantra is ‘memorable experiences, superior returns’ and they have already established themselves as the “go-to-guys” in Asia-Pacific.
Ann has over 30 years of experience of living and breathing hospitality. She works with businesses to solve strategic questions by focussing on customer needs, cutting through the noise and getting to the crux of an operator challenge.
Nick spent his entire career in the hospitality business, spending 26 years, prior to his retirement 2 years ago, with SSP. During that time he was responsible for managing diverse geographies ranging from Norway in the north to Australia in the south, also serving as President of SSP North America and representing the Group on JV boards in Thailand, France and Qatar.