Elie Maalouf pilots HMSHost to the top

2010 Golden Chain winner

Elie Maalouf says he finds work fun, which may account for his success at HMSHost Corp.

“It is an incredibly fun business to be in,” said the Bethesda, Md.-based company’s president and chief executive. “When you combine travel, which is an intrinsically fun activity, with dining and shopping, food and chefs, airplanes and bars, all of those things — individually or together — are fun for people.”

At the same time, though, Maalouf has

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