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Steve Johnson

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Steve Johnson is President and CEO of HMSHost, a global restaurateur and world leader in delivering innovative dining solutions in travel venues.

HMSHost operates in more than 120 airports around the globe and at more than 80 travel plazas in North America. The company has annual sales of more than $3.5 billion and employs approximately 41,000 associates worldwide. 

Steve joined the company in 2000 and has played a critical role in the growth and development of the core business.

During his influential career, he served as Executive Vice President of Business Development where he oversaw business development, design & construction, and restaurant development teams. He has led the winning and/or extending of major airport and motorway contracts, as well as the evolution and enhancement of HMSHost’s restaurant portfolio. His vision has led to strategic global partnerships, an impressive portfolio of proprietary concepts, and the winning approach to bring travelers a balanced mix of quality dining solutions.

Prior to joining HMSHost, Steve served as Director of Westfield Concession Management Inc. helping to create their airport entry strategy. He also worked in shopping mall development and management for several Washington area regional shopping centers.

Steve was named as one of the Women's Foodservice Forum Industry Titans for his forward-thinking leadership and commitment to prioritizing women's advancement at HMSHost and increasing opportunities for women across the industry.  

Steve serves on boards of the National Restaurant Association and the HMSHost Foundation. When not giving back to the community, Steve spends time with his family including his wife Kelly and their two grown daughters. Steve holds a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from the University of Texas at Arlington.