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IHG Appoints Leanne Harwood as Managing Director, Australasia and Japan

January 15, 2018 Appointments / Movers & Shakers No Comments Email Email

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) announces the appointment of Leanne Harwood to the role of Managing Director, Australasia and Japan.

Based in Sydney, Leanne will be replacing Karin Sheppard, who moves to London to take on the new position as IHG’s Managing Director, Europe.

She is one of IHG’s Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia (EMEAA) senior leaders and will be responsible for the operations, growth and performance of more than 70 hotels in the Australasia and Japan Business Unit. In her role as Managing Director, she will oversee the regional teams in Sydney and Tokyo as they continue their growth momentum in Australasia and prepare for the 2019 Rugby World Cup and 2020 Olympics in Japan.

Prior to her appointment, Leanne was Vice President for IHG’s operations in South East Asia and Korea, based in Bangkok, overseeing the operations and performance of more than 60 hotels in Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines and Korea. She has also worked for a number of hotel companies in a variety of countries including Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam and French Polynesia.

Leanne joins us with over 20 years’ experience in the hospitality industry with more than a decade at IHG.

IHG currently has a portfolio of 30 hotels in Australia, 10 in New Zealand and Papua New Guinea and 33 in Japan; part of a global network of 5,000 hotels in more than 100 countries and territories.

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