Shantha-De-SilvaLeading IHG's business in the region, with a focus on India as a key market, Shantha is responsible for driving strategic growth for the company and the operational performance of 21 hotels across four brands: InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express. He will also play an integral role in driving IHG's plans to have 150 hotels open or in the pipeline in India within the next 10 to 15 years.

Shantha is based in Gurgaon, India and reports to Pascal Gauvin, Chief Operating Officer, India, Middle East and Africa, IHG.

Shantha is a veteran at IHG, having started his career with the company more than 30 years ago at the former InterContinental Colombo. Shantha was most recently Director of Operations for Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines, responsible for the performance of 13 hotels across three brands in the region, including InterContinental Singapore where he was also General Manager. In his time with IHG he has also held leadership roles in many emerging markets in the region, including Cambodia, Indonesia and the Philippines.