HMSHost, global restaurateur and leader in travel dining in airports and motorways, announced the appointment of Sarah Naqvi to Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer, responsible for overseeing all IT resource planning, budgeting, and operational initiatives for North America.
Sarah will lead HMSHost’s continued advancements in information technology as the company focuses on developing solutions that drive efficiencies and enhance the traveler experience.
“Sarah’s IT expertise has enhanced HMSHost’s business significantly, helping to ensure the company’s continued leadership in the industry, and providing new technology solutions to our clients and customers,” says HMSHost President and CEO Steve Johnson. “I am confident that Sarah, as Executive Vice President, will continue to deliver impactful IT strategies that result in future success for HMSHost and our partners.”
Sarah has been with HMSHost since 2000 in various IT roles, and is a technology professional with more than two decades of experience managing Software Development, Network Management, Information Security, Business Intelligence, Point of Sale, ERP Solution, Strategic Initiatives and Social Presence. In 2004, Sarah was promoted to Vice President of IT, overseeing all IT development including expansion into Asia. In 2013, she became Corporate Vice President and Chief Information Officer, aligning HMSHost’s IT organization with the business, driving innovation and business transformation through technology, and minimizing risk.
Sarah’s leadership led HMSHost to be awarded “Technology Accelerator of the Year in 2015” by FSTEC, and Sarah was named a finalist in 2014 for “Chief Information Officer/Chief Technology Officer of the Year” by Tech Council of Maryland.
Sarah has been an active speaker across forums and her key interests are in the areas of business transformation, technology innovation, and technology/business alignment. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from University of Maryland University College.