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October 5, 2016

HMSHost Appoints Jeff Yablun Chief Operating Officer

BETHESDA, MD – HMSHost, global restaurateur and leader in travel dining in airports and motorways, has appointed Jeff Yablun Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, responsible for overseeing the company’s food and beverage operations in North America. In addition, Jeff will also continue to oversee the company’s Culinary, Marketing, and Supply Chain teams.

“Jeff has been a part of the HMSHost team for more than 35 years and has an unparalleled understanding of our business,” said HMSHost President and CEO Steve Johnson. “Spending most of his time in operations, I am extremely confident that he has the background and expertise to continue ensuring we remain the industry leader in delivering award-winning food and beverage service to travelers.”

Jeff joined Host International Inc. in 1979, and prior to becoming COO, held a variety of executive and managerial positions including Chief Commercial Officer, Senior Vice President, South Region Operations, Vice President of Operations, among others.  Prior to his career with HMSHost, Jeff was with PepsiCo’s restaurant group.

Jeff succeeds Silvano Delnegro, who has returned to HMSHost’s parent company Autogrill to lead a very important initiative.

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, including 44 of the 50 busiest airports in North America. The Company has annual sales in excess of $2.8 billion and employs more than 37,000 sales 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 around €4.3 billion in 2015, the Group operates in 31 countries and employs over 57,000 people. It manages approximately 4,200 stores in over 1,000 locations worldwide. Visit for more information. We can also be found on Facebook at and on Twitter at @HMSHost.

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