Long-time airport food industry guru Bill Casey has joined Areas USA as its new chief operating officer.

He’ll be responsible for operations teams across the United States for both airports and highways.

Casey brings 35 years of experience in operations, human resources and business development in the travel concessions industry. He previously has held leadership positions with HMSHost Corp. and, most recently, was senior vice president for food and beverage at Paradies Lagardére.

His strengths, according to a company statement, include building strong food and beverage support organizations, fostering partnerships and creating strong standards, processes and systems.

“We are excited to have Bill join our team,” says Sergio Rodriguez, CEO of Areas in the United States. “Bill’s experience and track record support our goals and set in motion exciting things for the future.”