InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced the appointment of Marvin Alballi as its new Director of Restaurants and Bars – India, Middle East, Africa (IMEA).
In his remit, Marvin will be focused on driving commercial operations across IHG’s restaurants and bars (R&B) offering in IMEA, generating greater revenue and profitability for the company’s hotels. He will also be responsible for operational excellence and delivering great guest experiences across the region.
After studying in Europe and graduating with a degree in hotel and catering management, Marvin spent over a decade working in the Middle East, including senior roles in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Dubai. He has led multiple regional franchises, including Chili’s, Caribou Coffee, Fuddrucker’s and Applebee’s.
Prior to IHG, Marvin served as the Franchise Business Leader for a leading restaurant chain in North America, supporting 61 restaurants across Alberta and British Columbia, Canada. He also served as a Franchise Business Consultant for White Spot Restaurants in Canada.
He will report directly to Pascal Gauvin, COO, IMEA, IHG. As a Canadian national with Middle Eastern heritage, Alballi brings a valuable blend of international and regional perspectives to his new role.
Marvin Alballi, Director of Restaurants and Bars, IMEA, IHG said, “I am incredibly excited to be a part of such a renowned hospitality company both globally and in the region. IHG’s brand portfolio in India, Middle East and Africa allows for an extensive range of restaurants and bars offerings that caters to the most varied combinations of international and local cuisines and fine dining experiences. I look forward to expanding on IHG’s success in this space across the region.”