His immediate remit will be to further strengthen IHG’s presence in the region encompassing India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh. IHG currently has 29 hotels open in South West Asia with a further 43 in the development pipeline.

Sudeep brings more than 15 years’ experience in the hospitality sector from roles based in the US and India, working across brand management, asset management, strategy, planning and real estate development. His most recent role was with Starwood Hotels & Resorts as Vice President, Acquisitions & Development for South Asia. He has also worked with Starwood in New York, where he developed global strategic growth plans in-line with consumer and developer trends and worked with real estate developers in North America, among other initiatives.

Sudeep started his career with Bain & Company, working in its offices in Singapore, Hong Kong, Sydney and Boston, advising clients across consumer goods, food products, financial services, IT and private equity, on growth strategy and business plans which led to double-digit growth for the clients. Sudeep has also worked with Jones Lang LaSalle in India, in the Hotels & Hospitality Group, where he led development and management of the Advisory and Transactions services of the company in South Asia.

Sudeep received his higher education at Ivy League colleges in the US, including a Bachelor’s Degree from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He also completed the PDP course at Cornell Hotel School.