Concessions International (CI), a leading concessionaire with food and beverage outlets in major airports in the U.S. and Virgin Islands, announces the appointment of Donata Russell Major to the role of chief executive, effective immediately.

Major, who previously served as the company’s vice chairman and has been a principal factor in the company’s growth and has worked in a variety of jobs during her 28-year career at the Atlanta-based concessionaire.

Following in Herman J. Russell’s footsteps, her business-savvy father who founded the company in 1979, Major has played a vital role in the day-to-day operations for many years. As she leads the company forward, Major will continue to manage key client and partner relationships, special projects, business development, as well as strengthening CI’s leadership team. She will continue to work closely with Anthony Joseph, CI president.

“I am thrilled to be taking on this new role at the company I love, especially at this exciting time in our history,” says Major. “We are anticipating a banner year, as we will be opening a record number of locations in major airports across the country, including Dallas Fort Worth, Atlanta and Miami International. We’re also working very hard to bring new and exciting concepts to the customers we serve in keeping with our goal of showcasing the local flavor of the cities where we do business.”

Major, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Economics in Management and Marketing, is committed to improving the quality of life in communities the company serves. A sampling of her extensive board involvement includes Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, The Whitefoord Community Program, Early Learning Property Management Inc. (ELPM), I.M.A.G.E. Afterschool Program, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. She also is a member of the board of directors of the H.J. Russell Company, the sister company to Concessions International.

Michael Russell, who previously served as CI’s chief executive, is now the vice chairman of the CI Board.

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