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May 26, 2015

HMSHost Appoints Kent Vanden Oever Vice President Of Business Development

BETHESDA, MD — Global restaurateur HMSHost announced today the appointment of airport industry expert Kent Vanden Oever as Vice President of Business Development, responsible for developing and overseeing key client relationships.

“We are so pleased to bring Kent Vanden Oever on board to a play a key role on our Business Development team,” said HMSHost EVP of Business Development Derryl Benton. “Kent’s experience and strong relationships developed over 27 years in the industry will play an important role in HMSHost continuing to enhance existing and develop new client partnerships.”

Vanden Oever joins HMSHost after holding a leading consulting role at AirProjects, Inc. During his career, he has worked with dozens of airports throughout North America, South America, the Caribbean, and Asia, providing development, financial, and economic consulting services. He has consulted on airport concessions for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Salt Lake City International Airport, Detroit Metropolitan Airport, San Diego International Airport, Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, LaGuardia Airport, and Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, among several others.

Before joining AirProjects in 2008, Vanden Oever was Manager of Airport Business Services for HNTB Corporation, where he was responsible for directing the firm’s financial, concessions, and economic practices. Over his nine years at HNTB, he expanded the firm’s services from the Mid-Atlantic region to across the nation. For more than ten years prior to his role at AirProjects, he was a concessions and facility planning project manager for PB Aviation.

Vanden Oever is a frequent contributor to industry publications and has been a featured speaker at nearly a dozen industry conferences. Vanden Oever holds a Bachelor of Science in Business from Miami University in Oxford, OH and an MBA in Finance and Real Estate from the University of Cincinnati.


Global restaurateur HMSHost is a world leader in creating dining for travel venues. HMSHost operates in more than 100 airports around the globe, including the 20 busiest airports in North America. The Company has annual sales in excess of $2.7 billion and employs more than 33,000 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 €3.9 billion in 2014, the Group operates in 29 countries and employs some 54,000 people. It manages approximately 2,800 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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