NORTH AMERICA. HMSHost Executive Vice President of Business Development Derryl Benton has been elected as Vice Chair for a three-year term to the Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA) World Business Partners/Associates Board of Directors.

He will join leaders from across the airport and aviation communities to help advance airport industry priorities throughout his home continent.

Derryl Benton: Working with ACI-NA to advance the airport industry’s interests in North America.

ACI-NA President and CEO Kevin M. Burke said: “ACI-NA is only as strong as our members and their active engagement. Global restaurateur HMSHost is a proven leader in our association that emphasises the importance of partnering with all airport stakeholders to enhance the passenger experience for the travelling public.

“I look forward to working with Derryl in his new leadership position to strengthen the airport industry.”

Benton, whose company runs food & beverage locations in more than 120 airports worldwide, said: “I am honoured to be elected among my peers to this prestigious board. Having served in many aspects of the airport industry for nearly 25 years, I recognise this exciting time we are in with new innovations and opportunities around every corner.

“I look forward to bringing the innovative thinking we cultivate at HMSHost and collaborating alongside fellow members to provide new insights that further strengthen and drive the industry forward.”

The results of ACI-NA’s 2018-2019 leadership election were announced at the recent ACI-NA Annual Conference and Exhibition in Nashville.

ACI-NA is the voice of North American airports, representing local, regional and state governing bodies that own and operate commercial airports in the USA and Canada.