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IHG appoints Director of Food & Beverage Performance and Support for South West Asia

April 29, 2014 Appointments No Comments Email Email

IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) has appointed Donald A. Wingell, as its new Director of Food & Beverage (F&B) for South West Asia. Donald will be based at IHG’s corporate Office in Gurgaon, New Delhi, reporting to the Vice President of Operations for South-West Asia.

In his new role, Donald’s key responsibility will be to drive Food & Beverage performance in the region while working closely with hotel General Managers and F&B teams to maximise revenues and service delivery across this critical part of the business. He will also be working as part of IHG’s Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA) F&B leadership team to ensure new initiatives, concepts, standards and best practices are successfully adapted to the needs of South-West Asia and effectively rolled out and maintained.

Donald is a Certified Food & Beverage Executive (CFBE®), the most prestigious certification awarded by the Educational Institute of

Donald A Wingell profile shot

Donald A Wingell profile shot

the American Hotel and Lodging Association. He brings with him over 23 years of Food & Beverage experience from across the hospitality sector including a previous role with IHG as Director of Food & Beverage at the erstwhile Crowne Plaza Ottawa in Canada. Donald’s career includes working with brands such as Fairmont, Shangri-La, Raffles and Anantara hotels across North America and Asia. His last role was with the Fairmont Chateau Laurier in Ottawa, as their Food & Beverage Director.

On the new appointment Pascal Gauvin, Chief Operating Officer, India, Middle East and Africa said, “I am extremely happy to have someone of Donald’s calibre assuming a leadership role in F&B operations at IHG. Donald is highly result-driven, people-focussed and a seasoned Food & Beverage professional. His in-depth knowledge and understanding of customer needs and trends means he will be a huge asset to us. I look forward to supporting Donald in his new position.”

Commenting on his appointment, Donald Wingell said, “I am delighted to be a part of the IHG family once again. The company has a passion for food and beverage excellence and understands the great opportunity we have, as a leading hotel company here in South West Asia, to set the standard for F&B. I look forward to being part of that and to supporting the operations team in delivering great experiences for our guests.”

F&B is an integral part of IHG’s business, both globally and in the AMEA region. In AMEA, IHG serves 40 million customers a year and currently has more than 800 restaurants and bars in its 231 hotels across the region. More than 200 new F&B outlets will open in the region over the next three to five years.

Across South West Asia IHG currently operates 21 hotels across its InterContinental Hotels and Resorts, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, and Holiday Inn Express brands. The company has a further 45 hotels in its development pipeline due to open in the coming years in South West Asia.

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