Paul Loupakos has been promoted to senior vice president, development and airport retention at SSP America, where he will oversee the food & beverage operator’s current airport concessions and play a key role in the company’s expansion efforts.

Loupakos joined SSP America in 2015 and most recently served as vice president of business development, where he helped lead growth in key markets such as New York and California.

Prior to that he had worked as chief operating officer at The Grove, helping it evolve from a single brand operator into a multi-brand concessionaire with more than 50 operations across the U.S.

“SSP America is gearing up for growth as we emerge from the pandemic’s impact and set our sights on expanding our portfolio across the Western Hemisphere—providing the ‘taste of place’ for which we are known,” said Michael Svagdis, SSP America CEO. “Paul’s leadership and industry expertise play key roles in helping us achieve our growth and customer service goals.”