IHG makes three international appointments

Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) has made three senior appointments to work across Russia, Europe and Africa.

IHG makes three international appointments
IHG makes three international appointments
Aron Libinson joins as associate vice president of development for Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States, based in Moscow.

Steve Terry joins as development director for UK and Ireland, based at IHG’s head office in Buckinghamshire, and Michael Cooper moves to Cape Town to take up a newly created role as vice president of development for Sub-Saharan Africa.

Libinson

Libinson is now in charge of IHG’s growth strategy across Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States. He was previously head of real estate and a board member at OJSC Hotel Company.

IHG currently has 10 hotels open and 11 hotels in the pipeline in Russia.

Terry

Terry will report to Richard Arman, with responsibility for growing Crowne Plaza, the Holiday Inn brand, Hotel Indigo and Staybridge Suites in the UK and Ireland.  

He was most recently senior development director at Wyndham Hotels and previously on the board of BDL Hotels, which owns several hotels from the IHG family of brands. 

IHG has 264 hotels open and 33 hotels in the pipeline in the UK and seven hotels open in Ireland.

Cooper

Cooper will be responsible for IHG’s expansion in Sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to moving to Africa, Cooper spent five years with IHG in Moscow where he had responsibility for growth across Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States. He joined IHG in 1998.

IHG’s head of development for Europe Paul Edgecliffe-Johnson, said: "We have the biggest share of the hotel industry’s pipeline worldwide and we need the best talent in the industry to help us continue to grow our pipeline.

"Aron, Steve and Michael will help us strengthen our market leading positions across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.  Around the world, we signed 63 hotels in the first quarter of this year, up on the first quarter of 2010, taking our pipeline to 1,236 hotels and nearly 8,400 rooms."

IHG recently announced a 23% leap in first quarter profit.

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