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Feb 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.

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.