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February 14, 2019

HMSHost Expands Business Development Organization

Senior industry executive Iris Messina joins HMSHost as Vice President of Business Development

BETHESDA, MD (February 14, 2019) – Global restaurateur HMSHost announced today the appointment of industry executive    Iris Messina as Vice President of Business Development. In this role, she will be responsible for supporting the organization’s  long-term business development activities with airport clients throughout North America. HMSHost welcomes Iris at a time when the organization continues to build and evolve a world-class, people-forward culture focused on elevating the traveler experience.  

“We are delighted to welcome Iris into the HMSHost family. She is a valuable addition to our team and a seasoned executive that is respected throughout the airport industry,” said HMSHost Executive Vice President of Business Development Derryl Benton. “This is an exciting time for her to be joining HMSHost to help build on our mission to bring world class dining experiences to airports and travelers in North America.” 

In her former role as vice president of leasing for Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, Messina was responsible for business development leasing activity for the airport division including master planning, prospecting, negotiations, and relationship management. She was recently appointed to the Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) Board of Directors and is a member of other leading industry organizations including Airports Council International – North America and the American Association of Airport Executives. Prior to joining Westfield in 2002, Messina spent 12 years in retail sales and management. 

“I’m excited for this opportunity to join HMSHost and be a part of their vision to transform the traveler dining experience through culinary people and technological innovation,” said Messina. 

Iris officially joins the HMSHost North America team on Monday, March 4.   

HMSHost Leading the Industry
HMSHost is recognized by the industry as the top provider of travel dining with awards such as 2018 Best Overall Food & Beverage Operator (for the eleventh consecutive year) by Airport Revenue News. USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards recognized HMSHost’s Summer House Santa Monica at Chicago O’Hare International Airport as Best Airport Bar / Restaurant Atmosphere. HMSHost is a leader in sustainability practices which include plans to eliminate conventional plastic straw use by 2020. The company also creates original award-winning events like Airport Restaurant Month, Channel Your Inner Chef live culinary contest, and the Adrian Awards Gold winning campaigns, #HMSHostLove and Eat Well. Travel Further.

About HMSHost
Global restaurateur HMSHost is a world leader in creating dining for travel venues. HMSHost operates in more than 120 airports around the globe and at more than 100 travel plazas in North America. The company has annual sales of nearly $3.3 billion and employs more than 41,000 associates worldwide. HMSHost is a part of Autogrill Group, the world’s leading provider of food & beverage services for people on the move. With sales of €4.6 billion in 2017, the group operates in 31 countries and employs over 58,000 people. It manages approximately 4,000 stores in about 1,000 locations worldwide. Visit for more information and connect with HMSHost on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.   

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