InterContinental Hotels Group has appointed industry leader Karin Sheppard as managing director for IHG across its European business.
Based in IHG’s global headquarters in Buckinghamshire, Sheppard is responsible for driving the sustainable long-term growth of IHG and the performance of its European hotels.
She brings more than 15 years of IHG experience and more than 20 years of international experience across technology, telecommunications and hospitality.
Prior to her appointment as managing director for Europe in January 2018, Sheppard served as chief operating officer of Australasia and Japan for IHG, leading the operations and performance of close to 70 hotels.
In her three years in the role, Sheppard oversaw the market debut of the Holiday Inn Express brand and the signing of a portfolio deal to develop EVEN Hotels across Australasia.
On her appointment, Sheppard commented: “Europe is a fantastic continent, full of diversity and opportunity.
“The progress and achievements IHG has made in revitalising our brands and launching new ones over the last few years has set us up well to make the most of this.
“I look forward to leading the team as we continue to deliver quality growth and brand excellence for our hotel owners and guests.”