March 17, 2015 // Franchising.com // InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has appointed Ruwan Peiris as Regional General Manager for New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and Victoria. In his new role, Ruwan will be responsible for the management of thirteen IHG hotels, the National Convention Centre Canberra and Parliament House Catering by IHG.
Ruwan, who holds an Associate Diploma in Hotel Management, joins IHG with over 20 years of experience in Australia's hospitality industry. He was most recently Area General Manager with Accor Hotels, where he was responsible for the operational performance of hotels across New South Wales, the ACT and the company's properties in Darling Harbour. During that time Ruwan also played a key role in integrating Mirvac Hotels & Resorts into the group whilst driving the company's reputational growth on a national level.
Having started his career overseeing food and beverage (F&B) operations, Ruwan's experience in F&B comes at a strategic time for IHG which is focused on enhancing dining experiences for its guests and customers.
Karin Sheppard, Chief Operating Officer, Australasia, Japan & Korea, and Franchising for AMEA, said: “Ruwan has a stellar reputation in the industry as an engaging and authentic leader who delivers outstanding operational performance and prides himself on developing strong owner relationships. We’re thrilled Ruwan is joining our Australasia team – he is one of the first new leadership hires I’ve made since taking on the role of Chief Operating Officer and I know he will be a key part of IHG’s story in the market going forward."
Commenting on his appointment, Ruwan said: "IHG has had a consistently strong presence in Australia over the years and I’ve always admired their culture and people ethos, so I’m delighted to be joining the company. With an even stronger leadership team under Karin in her new COO role, and the renewed focus on delivering growth here, the company is well positioned to capitalise on the opportunities in this market. I’m confident we will be able to continue the strong focus IHG have on market leading brands and systems, delivering higher quality growth and returns to our owners – and I look forward to being a part of that."
Ruwan will sit on the IHG Australasia leadership team, alongside Joerg Boeckeler, Area General Manager for InterContinental Sydney and InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort, who also reports directly to Karin Sheppard.
IHG currently has 38 hotels and resorts under the InterContinental, Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn brands across Australia, New Zealand, French Polynesia, Fiji, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea. Most recently the company opened InterContinental Sydney Double Bay. The company has a further six hotels in the development pipeline, including the first Holiday Inn Express hotel in Australia, due to open in Sydney's Macquarie Park within the next year.
IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is a global organisation with a broad portfolio of hotel brands, including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, HUALUXE® Hotels and Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo®, EVEN™ Hotels, Holiday Inn® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites® and Candlewood Suites®. In January 2015, IHG acquired Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, the world's leading boutique hotel business.
IHG manages IHG® Rewards Club, the world's first and largest hotel loyalty programme with over 84 million members worldwide. The programme was relaunched in July 2013, offering enhanced benefits for members including free internet across all hotels, globally.
IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns over 4,800 hotels and more than 710,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries, with over 1,200 hotels in its development pipeline. Over 350,000 people work across IHG's hotels and corporate offices worldwide.
In January 2015 we completed the acquisition of Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, adding 62 hotels (11,300 rooms) to our system size and 16 hotels to our development pipeline.
InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the Group's holding company and is incorporated in Great Britain and registered in England and Wales.
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