Warm tributes have been paid to Inkster on the announcement of his upcoming retirement.

UK. Veteran of the travel food & beverage industry, Nick Inkster, is stepping down from his dual role as CEO Nordics & Spain, and Group Director Strategic Client Partnerships at SSP after a career spanning a quarter of a century.

In a statement, the travel foodservice group, said: “After a long and successful 25-year career at SSP, Nick Inkster has taken the decision to retire at the end of the financial year. Nick is one of our longest serving colleagues, having joined Compass Group (SSP’s former owner) in 1993 as Managing Director of SSP UK Airports.

“Since then, he has held a number of roles in the business including President of SSP North America, MD of SSP International, Chief Executive Officer of SSP France, Chief Executive Officer of SSP UK Airports and Chief Executive Officer of Northern & Western Europe.

“In 2016, he was appointed Group Director of Strategic Client Relationships in addition to his position as CEO of Nordics and Spain and under his leadership established the new Nordics division, bringing together a number of key functions across Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark.

“Nick is a truly valued member of our executive team, and he will be greatly missed – not only by us but by the airport and travel retail community worldwide. He has established many long-standing relationships with some of the industry’s most influential leaders.”

Before joining Compass Group, in the early nineties, Inkster launched his career in the hotel and restaurant sectors with Whitbread, Ladbroke Group (now Hilton), Harry Ramsden’s and Scotts Hospitality. Inkster holds an honours degree in Hotel & Catering Administration from the University of Surrey.

Footnote: Nick Inkster is quite simply one of the airport food and beverage sector’s most outstanding contributors, writes Martin Moodie. He has played a pivotal role not only in SSP’s burgeoning success on the international stage but also its and the whole sector’s tremendous qualitative rise over recent years. He has also been there to offer advice and mentorship when asked by The Moodie Davitt and many others. Seldom was a retirement more well-deserved.