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Aramark International appoints new head of sales and business development

28th Apr 2021 - 08:34
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Chris Garside, former chief executive of Compass Group UK and Ireland, has been named head of sales and business development for Aramark International. He starts his new role on May 17th.

He will be reporting to Carl Mittleman, chief operating officer of Aramark International, and will take on the responsibility for leading growth in 18 countries around the world outside the US.

In this newly created role Garside will 'focus on driving sales across its international portfolio, supporting strategic and major retention efforts as well as developing a global M&A [mergers and acquisitions] framework'.

Garside said: “Joining Aramark now creates exciting new opportunities for me in an industry I have known and loved for many years. Carl and his senior team are dedicated to a hospitality mentality, and that passion for service is in my blood. I am eager to get started and add value to Aramark’s International team, as well as supporting the industry to recover and thrive post-pandemic.”

During his 11-year tenure with Compass, he held a variety of roles of progressive responsibility in the UK and Europe, leading businesses in Defense, Offshore, Government, and Education. 

Garside serves as trustee of Hospitality Action, a London-based charity organisation dedicated to assisting those who work or have worked in the hospitality industry that are experiencing adversity.

Mittleman added: “Chris will be an incredible addition the Aramark International team, bringing his passion for hospitality and a strong network of relationships, a proven track record, and years of industry experience.

“As we focus on growth post-pandemic, there is no one better suited to help us open new doors and fortify the relationships we currently enjoy.”

Aramark International operates in 18 countries and takes in the Aramark operating businesses in Northern Europe (UK, Ireland, and the global offshore business in Denmark, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Bahrain); Continental Europe (Germany, Spain, Belgium, Czech Republic); Asia (China, Korea, Japan); Latin America (Mexico, Chile, Argentina); and Canada.

Written by
Edward Waddell