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May 9, 2016

HMSHost Appoints Laura E. FitzRandolph Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

BETHESDA, MD – HMSHost, global restaurateur and leader in travel dining in airports and motorways, announced today the appointment of Laura E. FitzRandolph to Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, responsible for overseeing all HR functions including associate and labor relations, talent acquisition and development, compensation, and benefits for HMSHost’s 31,000+ associates across North America.

“We are extremely excited to have Laura join our team and lead our associates into the future,” said HMSHost President and CEO Steve Johnson. “I am very confident that Laura’s background and expertise will be a great benefit toward developing our most important resource—our people.”

Laura joins HMSHost from global hotel management company Interstate Hotels & Resorts, where she was most recently EVP, Chief Human Resources Officer, leading all functions of global human resources. Laura joined Interstate in 2006 and has held roles focusing on talent acquisition, development and learning, compensation and benefits, associate and labor relations, and employment legal matters.

Prior to joining Interstate, Laura was Counsel in the labor and employment group of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. Laura is a former Deputy Director of Correspondence in the White House Office of Scheduling and Advance, and served on the staff of United States Senator Alan Cranston.

Laura holds a B.A. in Political Science and Mass Communications from the University of California, Berkley, and a J.D. from The George Washington University Law School. Laura is an active member of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) and its Labor and Human Resources Committees, as well as a member of the Advisory Board of Cornell Institute for Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations. She has been a panelist and speaker for hospitality conferences including Georgetown Lodging Summit, HR in Hospitality, and ALIS.

About HMSHost
Global restaurateur HMSHost is a world leader in creating dining for travel venues. HMSHost operates locations all over North America, and is part of Autogrill Group, the world's leading provider of food & beverage services for people on the move. Visit for more information.