September 04, 2012 // Franchising.com // New Delhi, India – IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) today announces Douglas Martell’s commencement in his role as Vice President, Operations, for the company’s South West Asia region. He succeeds Chris Moloney, who has retired after a career spanning three decades with the company.
In his new role, Douglas will spearhead IHG’s operations across India, Bangladesh and Nepal, currently totaling 13 hotels across 10 cities. Douglas will be based in Delhi, India, and report to Pascal Gauvin, Chief Operating Officer for India, Middle East and Africa.
Douglas will also lead the team to grow IHG’s portfolio of brands, including InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts and Holiday Inn, as well as Holiday Inn Express, which will be making its debut in India later this year. The company plans to have 150 hotels across India by 2020.
Pascal Gauvin, Chief Operating Officer, India, Middle East and Africa, said, “Having worked in some of the most promising and fast-paced growth markets in the world, Douglas brings invaluable experience. I have no doubt that Douglas is the right person to help fuel our business in this region and we’re delighted he has made this move to our Delhi office.”
Douglas joined IHG in 2001, and has since held various operational roles across Australia, Japan and Greater China. Most recently, he held the role of Vice President, Food & Beverage and Operations, for the company’s Greater China region, based in Shanghai.
Commenting on his new role, Douglas Martell said, “South West Asia is an incredibly exciting place to be. There’s clear momentum behind the industry here, driven by a strong domestic market and a growing number of international travellers. I’m looking forward to leading the team as we shape IHG’s next phase in this market”.
IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is a global organisation with nine hotel brands including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo®, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn® Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites®, Candlewood Suites®, as well as our two newest brands, EVEN™ Hotels and HUALUXE™ Hotels & Resorts. IHG also manages Priority Club® Rewards, the world’s first and largest hotel loyalty programme with over 67 million members worldwide.
IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns over 4,500 hotels and more than 666,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries and territories. With more than 1,000 hotels in its development pipeline, IHG expects to recruit around 90,000 people into additional roles across its estate over the next few years.
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