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Cam C. Cooper Named President of The Owners’
Association of InterContinental Hotels Group


Former IHG Senior Executive Brings Extensive Hotel Industry
and Association Management Experience to the Position

ATLANTA (April 30, 2004) –The IAHI, The Owners’ Association of InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), has appointed Cam C. Cooper as its president.

In this role, Cooper will direct the professional staff that administers the business of the nearly 2,500-member Association. In addition to working closely with the IAHI’s leadership to establish policy and direction, she will be responsible for enhancing member benefits, delivering value-added programs, growing membership globally and ensuring ongoing communications with the membership and with leaders of InterContinental Hotels Group. 

Cooper has more than 30 years of experience in the hospitality 

Cam C. Cooper
business, including senior sales management positions during her seven years with InterContinental Hotels Group. She also has worked extensively in non-profit association leadership, serving for the past five years as national chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

“Cam is the ideal choice to take our Association to the next level,” said IAHI Chairman Leroy Lail. “She brings a wealth of industry knowledge and a familiarity with IHG, our Association and its members to this position. We are delighted to have someone of her caliber and experience in this key leadership role.”

At IHG, Cooper held a variety of executive positions, ultimately becoming vice president of Worldwide Sales before leaving to become a partner in Blackshaw, Olmstead, Lynch & Koenig, a boutique executive search firm in Atlanta. Most recently, she was president of the Commonwealth Group, Inc., a Charleston-based hospitality consulting firm she founded in 2001. 

Before joining InterContinental Hotels Group, she held senior sales positions with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company and the Plaza Hotel Company, where she also served as general manager of the Crowne Plaza Atlanta International Airport.  She began her career with Hyatt Hotels Corporation, where she had 10 years of experience in regional and on-property sales management.

In addition to her work with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Cooper is a board member of the University of South Carolina Alumni Academy. 

Her appointment follows a three-month, industry-wide search conducted by a President’s Search Committee comprised of franchisees who are members of the Association’s leadership body.

“We interviewed a host of extremely qualified candidates throughout the industry, but Cam’s management style, creativity and understanding of what it takes to make an association successful won her our unanimous endorsement,” said David Shamoian, executive vice president of the Peabody Hotel Group and head of the search committee. 

IAHI members own and operate InterContinental Hotels Group brand hotels worldwide. The IAHI is the oldest association of owners in the hotel industry, comprising nearly 2,500 members in the U.S., Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Canada, Mexico and Latin America. The IAHI represents its membership in working together with InterContinental Hotels Group for the purpose of maintaining the highest professional hospitality standards for its brands. 


Ann Wilson
IAHI Communications

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