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IHG Strengthens Regional Operations and Commercial Leadership Teams

  • Published by Ozgur Tore

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, today announces strategic changes to its regional leadership team in the growing Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA) region.

ihgKarin Sheppard appointed Chief Operating Officer for Australasia, Japan, Korea & Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA) Franchising; succeeded by Nick Barton as Chief Commercial Officer for AMEA.

Nick Barton, formerly Chief Commercial Officer for IHG's Greater China region, picks up the baton from Karin to assume the role of CCO for AMEA. Nick's career with IHG spans nearly 10 years. He was previously based in the company's headquarters in Denham, overseeing the marketing and communications team for the Europe region before moving to Shanghai, China for five years. He has relocated to Singapore to lead the group’s sales and marketing functions in the region.

Leanne Harwood heads Bangkok corporate office as Vice President of Operations, South East Asia; Lincoln Barrett assumes role of Vice President of Commercial for AMEA

Leanne Harwood, formerly Vice President, Commercial for AMEA, has been appointed Vice President of Operations for South East Asia. Leanne has spent nearly 10 years with IHG across various sales, marketing and revenue functions where she played a key role in driving the group’s revenue growth in the region. In her new role, Leanne is responsible for the operations and performance of nearly 50 hotels across seven countries in South East Asia and the 51 hotels in the company's development pipeline in the region. She will continue to be based in Bangkok, Thailand, where she will lead IHG’s local corporate office.

Lincoln Barrett, formerly Vice President of Distribution & Relationship Marketing for the company's Greater China region, has moved to Bangkok to take on the role of Vice President, Commercial for AMEA, where he is accountable for driving overall revenue of the company's managed hotels across the region through the company's system, tools and processes.

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