For more than 30 years, Ben Zandi has been a driving force behind business turn-arounds, mergers and acquisitions, commercial expansion and industry reinvention.
As the President and Chief Executive of Fraport USA, the North American division of Fraport Group, the $3.3 billion global airport operations company, Mr. Zandi takes an active role in reimaging airport travel with pioneering technologies, retail concepts and new levels of customer experience. Currently, his operations extend from Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Baltimore-Washington to JetBlue’s headquarters terminal at JFK and the new $1.2 billion Nashville International Airport.
Mr. Zandi has been on the leading edge of brand redevelopment, growth and scalability in performance management. As Executive Vice President of Operations for private equity firm Bunker Hill Capital, Mr. Zandi provided extensive strategic, financial and operational experience for newly acquired companies, creating value and transforming operations into new growth.
In his past roles as Principal and President of his own management firm and as Director of Operations for HMSHost, Mr. Zandi leveraged a broad background in hospitality design, development and operations, airport concessions and lodging to post a record for increasing shareholder value and exceeding revenue and profitability goals.
Mr. Zandi has served as a city councilman and vice mayor of Bristol, Tennessee and has been the president of multiple nonprofit organizations. He is certified by the Management and Strategy Institute as a Six Sigma Black Belt Professional.