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December 5, 2016

HMSHost EVP and Chief Information Officer Sarah Naqvi Selected as One of Computerworld’s Premier 100 Technology Leaders for 2017

BETHESDA, MD—Global restaurateur HMSHost is proud to announce that the company’s EVP and Chief Information Officer Sarah Naqvi has been selected as one of Computerworld's Premier 100 Technology Leaders for 2017. Computerworld is the leading IT media brand dedicated to being the voice of business technology and acknowledges 100 leaders each year from technology and business for their exceptional technology leadership and innovative approaches to business challenges.

“Sarah has had an undeniable impact on the success of HMSHost’s business, driving the company’s position as a leader in the industry and going above and beyond to deliver impactful IT strategies,” said HMSHost President and CEO Steve Johnson. “We are so proud of all her accomplishments as CIO and are thrilled that she is being recognized among her peers for her accomplishments.”

Sarah has been with HMSHost since 2000 in various IT roles, and has more than two decades of experience managing Software Development, Network Management, Information Security, Business Intelligence, Point of Sale, ERP Solution, Strategic Initiatives and Social Presence. In 2004, Sarah was promoted to Vice President of IT, overseeing all IT development including expansion into Asia. In 2013, she became Corporate Vice President and Chief Information Officer, aligning HMSHost’s IT organization with the business, driving innovation and business transformation through technology, and minimizing risk. Sarah was appointed EVP and CIO in 2016.

Sarah’s leadership led HMSHost to be awarded “Technology Accelerator of the Year in 2015” by FSTEC, and she was named a finalist in 2014 for “Chief Information Officer/Chief Technology Officer of the Year” by Tech Council of Maryland.

HMSHost Leading the Industry

HMSHost has been recognized by the industry as the top provider of travel dining with awards such as 2016 Best Overall Food & Beverage Operator (for the ninth consecutive year) and Food Operator with the Highest Regard for Customer Service (for the seventh year) by Airport Revenue News. HMSHost has also been recognized by Airports Council International-North America, receiving First Place for Best New Food and Beverage (Full-Service Concept) for 1897 Market at Charlotte Douglas International Airport and First Place for Best Innovative Consumer Experience Concept for its Channel Your Inner Chef live culinary contest at Chicago O’Hare International Airport.

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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