AIRMALL USA announce the appointment of Ben Zandi as president and chief executive officer, overseeing the North American operations of parent company, Fraport, effective immediately. A global airport company, Fraport serves more than 230 million travelers in 24 airports and nine countries. In the U.S., its award-winning airport concessions program, Airmall, is in four major airports.
Mr. Zandi has more than 30 years of experience in hospitality, business management and retail and restaurant development and operations with a record of increasing shareholder value and exceeding revenue and profitability goals. Mr. Zandi joins Airmall following his role as executive vice president of operations of PGHC Inc., a privately owned restaurant company based in Dedham, Mass. with annual revenue of $250 million.
Prior to joining , for 12 years, he owned and operated Zanick Inc., a regional restaurant group and consulting firm based in Bristol, Tenn., and grew the business to more than $15 million in annual revenue. He also served as director of operations of all retail, food and beverage concessions in major airports for Host Corporation by Marriott for 13 years.
Mr. Zandi's commitment to serving the community has included his leadership of nonprofit organizations and term as vice mayor and as city councilman of Bristol, Tenn. Giving back is a high priority in his new role. "I am honored to be able to touch the community in a profound way with our partners at the airports and local and small business owners," said Mr. Zandi. "This is a unique opportunity to create better airports and better communities."
Mr. Zandi is certified by the Management and Strategy Institute as a Six Sigma Black Belt Professional.