Aramark Northern Europe

New Managing Director


Foodservice provider Aramark Northern Europe has appointed Helen Milligan-Smith as Managing Director of Aramark UK Onshore. Her tenure will begin on January 4th, taking over from Lawrence Shirazian, who is leaving the business this week.

Helen Milligan-Smith rose to sector prominence as a Finalist of the 2011 UK Apprentice, after which she took on the role of Head of Retail in Greggs UK. She joins Aramark UK now from her role as Head of M&S Simply Foods (Moto Ltd.), taking charge of Aramark’s operational growth and innovation strategy for all UK markets.

Commenting on the appointment, CEO of Aramark Northern Europe, Frank Gleeson said, "This is an excellent appointment for our UK business, as well as Northern Europe overall. We’re not just excited about the skillset, expertise and experience that Helen will bring, but the character and personality we know will galvanise our entire business for the year ahead."

Incoming UK Managing Director, Helen Milligan-Smith added, "I couldn’t be happier with the challenge and opportunity ahead with Aramark. We know the consumer and industry has changed immensely in the last 12 months, and I look forward to bringing my food service and food retail perspective to lead the next phase of the company’s UK growth.”

Lawrence Shirazian, outgoing Managing Director ans part of the organisation since 2007, has decided to leave the business to pursue other interests.
About Aramark
Aramark is a leading service provider operating on behalf of clients across the EMEA region with over 16,000 employees throughout Northern Europe. 
In Germany Aramark counts 
9,400 employees at Aramark Holding Deutschland GmbH with headquarters in Neu-Isenburg. The second-largest catering company in Germany serves around 500 customers in the in the areas of company catering, sports, leisure and trade fair catering as well as hospital, senior citizen, school and nursery catering. In addition there are around 4,000 companies supplied by Aramark Refreshment Services. The company's 2019 annual revenue estimates gv-praxis in Germany at € 588 million (+ 6.3 %). Aramark is thus Compass' No. 1 runner-up.