AIRMALL USA has named 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.
“We are honored to have an accomplished business leader and innovator focused on our growth in North America and expanding our U.S. footprint,” said Charles Weinland, chairman of the Board of Directors of Airmall. “Ben brings a depth of experience, tremendous energy and insight to our strategic vision. Our focus is on enhancing the customer and passenger ‘breakthrough’ experience at all of our airports. We and our airport partners are in excellent hands with Ben Zandi at the helm.”
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. He 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 PGHC Inc., 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.