Hudson Group Appoints Tom Waldron to Drive its Food & Beverage Expansion across North America
East Rutherford, N.J., June 10, 2019 –Hudson Group (NYSE: HUD), a Dufry company and leader in North American travel retail, today announced the appointment of Tom Waldron as Senior Vice President, Food and Beverage.
Waldron joins Hudson Group from ISS America, Inc., where he served as Division Vice President, Aviation. He brings more than 20 years of experience in food and beverage operations and business development across a diverse set of North American food service and consumer-facing companies and brands. Much of his experience is anchored in the airport industry at companies such as SSP America and HMS Host, with a specific focus on full-service restaurants and contract foodservice operations.
“Expanding our presence in food and beverage service is a key growth opportunity for Hudson Group,” said Roger Fordyce, Hudson Group CEO. “Tom Waldron’s extensive experience in food and beverage will be instrumental as we look ahead, and we’re pleased to welcome him to our management team. His insight will ultimately enhance the customer experience, unlock value for all of our stakeholders, and position Hudson Group for long-term sustainable growth.”
In his early career, Waldron worked for many popular casual dining brands like Ruby Tuesday and Charlie Browns. In 1999, Tom began working for Restaurant Associates (RA) where he later developed several proprietary food and beverage programs and led teams across various lines of business including the PGA Tour, United States Tennis Association National Tennis Center, and the Olympics. In 2004, Tom joined Aramark, where he was tasked with creating an operating model to manage their newest flagship account, Goldman Sachs. While at the company, he managed a portfolio of Aramark’s premium contracts and directed day-to-day operations across five states.
In 2008, Tom joined HMS Host as the Director of Restaurant Development, where he designed, built, managed, and negotiated contracts, later joining SSP America in 2010 as Vice President, Business Development.