SSP UK has appointed Lucy Knowles as its new chief marketing officer, responsible for brands such as Upper Crust, Caffè Ritazza and Millie’s Cookies.

The firm, which operates restaurants and cafés in railway stations and airports across the country, revealed Knowles will take up the new role on 20 May and will form part of SSP UK’s executive board.

She will implement a long-term strategic plan, including developing new products, acquisitions and joint ventures and other growth initiatives as part of her remit.

Knowles, who previously worked as managing director for Corney & Barrow Bars, said: “I am hugely excited by the opportunity to be part of the team at SSP and look forward to contributing to the company’s continued success.”

Mark Angela, chief executive of SSP UK, said: “Lucy brings with her a drive and charisma that has characterised her career at Corney & Barrow coupled with a natural marketing instinct. We’re delighted to welcome her to SSP.”