Craig Smith, head of corporate affairs at caterer ISS, is to depart the business at the end of 2021 after almost 35 years.
He joined the company as its very first caterer in 1987 and has played a major role in growing the business, developing their procurement and client retention processes and securing contracts that formed the foundation of ISS' public sector portfolio, before moving into a corporate role.
Now Smith, a former chair of the Hospital Caterers Association, is stepping away from ISS to look for new opportunities.
He said: "I will be leaving the business 31 December with very mixed emotions. I have seen the UK become a very significant part of the ISS family and am proud that I have played my small part in its development, but now is the right time to move on and allow the new management team to implement the OneISS programme."
Eddie Fairish, commercial director, ISS UK & Ireland said: "Craig has become a familiar face across the whole of ISS in the UK and is known for being a person who, if he couldn't help personally, could point anyone in the right direction.
"Craig truly embodied the values and principles of ISS and after so long with the business, he will be sorely missed by many, but we all wish him the very best for his future."