News for the Hospitality Executive
Delhi, March 3, 2011 – InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) [LON:
IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)]), the world’s largest hotel group by number of
announces the appointment of Chris Moloney as Chief Operating Officer,
Chris will spearhead IHG’s operations in India, and will play a significant role in building the development pipeline, which currently stands at 45 hotels.
In his new role, Chris will be instrumental in strengthening IHG’s portfolio of hotels which include the InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn and the recently launched Holiday Inn Express brand. IHG currently operates 12 hotels in key cities and is setting its sights for 150 hotels by 2020.
An IHG veteran, Chris has over 30 years of hospitality experience, having worked in various countries including France, USA, UK, United Arab Emirates, Oman and Egypt in different positions. Most recently, Chris served as the Chief Executive Officer of IHG ANA Hotels Group Japan, a joint venture between IHG and ANA (All Nippon Airways).
Jan Smits, Managing Director, IHG Asia Australasia said, “Having worked in leading markets around the world, Chris brings with him internationally diverse experience. He was instrumental in our partnership with ANA and played a significant role in helping IHG ANA Hotels Group reach a position of market leadership. Given the exciting opportunity and the growth potential in India, I’m confident in Chris’ leadership to help us accelerate our India operations.”
Commenting on his new role, Chris Moloney said, “I am excited to be in India where IHG has had a long history. India is one of the most important growth markets for IHG, and to be here in India at a time where the country is enjoying favourable economic conditions and strong growth is a great privilege. I look forward to building a strong team so we can create great hotels guests love, and deliver fantastic returns to our owners.”
Chris began his career in the hospitality industry in 1979 and he joined IHG in 1983. He brings a rich cross-functional experience with him, having worked with IHG across an array of key operational areas including information systems, food & beverage, development and a string of managerial positions across regions. Prior to his previous position in Japan, Chris was the Chief Operating Officer for the Middle East & Africa region of IHG.
Chris earned his degree from the Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne, Switzerland. Besides being an excellent golfer, Chris is also an ardent tennis player.
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is the world’s largest hotel group by number of rooms. IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns, through various subsidiaries, over 4,400 hotels and more than 640,000 guest rooms in 100 countries and territories around the world. The Group owns a portfolio of well recognized and respected hotel brands including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo®, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn® Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites® and Candlewood Suites® and also manages the world’s largest hotel loyalty program, Priority Club® Rewards with 56 million members worldwide.
IHG has almost 1,300 hotels in its development pipeline, which is expected to create 160,000 jobs worldwide over the next few years.
InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the Group’s holding company and is incorporated in Great Britain and registered in England and Wales.
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