Hotel Online  Special Report

Sue Morgan Joins InterContinental Hotels Group
as the VP, Franchise Food & Beverage


ATLANTA (July 20, 2005) - InterContinental Hotels Group has named Susan L. (Sue) Morgan, vice president, Franchise Food & Beverage, North America.

Based in Atlanta, Morgan is responsible for the development of food and beverage programs to support the brand images of Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suites.  She will provide a key link between IHG and its franchisee community in all matters that pertain to food and beverage availability and standards. Morgan will also be instrumental in the development of Food & Beverage concepts that will enable our franchisees to have success in delivering great experiences to guests as well as designing systems that assist the franchisee in running a profitable operation.

A 20-year veteran of the marketing and food service industries, Morgan is currently a partner of Chow Trio, LLC; owner of Mick's Restaurant-Lenox Square in Atlanta. She most recently served as vice president, Marketing, Avado Brands for four years where she repositioned the Don Pablo's Mexican Kitchen chain and developed a new menu which resulted in the top selling new menu items for the brand.  Morgan also repositioned the Hops Grillhouse and Brewery chain, developing a new menu concept, creative and media strategy. Before that, Morgan served as a marketing consultant in retail and food service industries. From 1995-1999, Morgan served as vice president, Marketing, Church's Chicken where she established the brand's ethnic marketing strategy and was responsible for marketing, advertising, public relations, promotions and consumer insight. Morgan also worked for Sybra, Inc., Arby's second largest franchisee, for 14 years as marketing vice president and marketing manager where she was responsible for all aspects of marketing.

"Sue has an extensive franchise and food service knowledge base which will be invaluable in her new role," said John Merkin, vice president, Franchise Operations, North America. "Because of her strong multi-unit restaurant chain experience, Sue has the expertise to develop innovative food concepts while helping our franchisees to achieve profitable results in their food and beverage segments of their business."

InterContinental Hotels Group PLC of the United Kingdom [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is the world's largest hotel group by number of rooms.  InterContinental Hotels Group owns, manages, leases or franchises, through various subsidiaries, more than 3,500 hotels and 535,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries and territories around the world. The Group owns a portfolio of well recognized and respected hotel brands including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn® Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites®, Candlewood Suites® and Hotel IndigoTM, and also manages the world's largest hotel loyalty program, Priority Club® Rewards, with over 25 million members worldwide. 


Monica Smith
Corporate Communications Coordinator
InterContinental Hotels Group
Three Ravinia Drive, Suite 100
Atlanta, GA 30346
Tel: 770-604-5562

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