InterContinental Hotels Group has announced that John
Bamsey has been appointed as the Chief Operating Officer for the Middle
East and Africa, with effect from April 1.Based at the company’s MEA
corporate office in Dubai, John will continue to report into Richard
Hartman, IHG’s Managing Director EMEA.
Currently in the position of Chief Operating Officer UK & Ireland, John
has been with IHG since 2001 and has more than 12 years of senior
management experience in the hotel industry with companies including
Hilton and Le Meridien.
It is this depth of experience and expertise which will prove to be
invaluable in the rapidly developing markets of the Middle East and
Africa. IHG is growing in this region to meet the demands of the
business as IHG grows to meet its own development targets of adding
50-60,000 new rooms to its estate in three years.
Richard Hartman, IHG’s Managing Director EMEA, said of the appointment:
“In 2003 John moved to our UK and Ireland operation and in that time he
has completely transformed the region into a vibrant, profitable and
exciting operation. It is his drive and sense of purpose that I know
will make him an excellent leader for IHG in the Middle East and Africa,
where he will work well with all stakeholders in our business including
owners, investors and hotel management and staff. An announcement will
be made shortly relating to John’s replacement in the role of Chief
Operating Officer UK & Ireland.”
During his time in the UK & Ireland division of IHG, John also presided
over the sale and management of more than 80 hotels that the company
formally owned and now manages on behalf of investors.
Commenting on the move, John said: “The Middle East and Africa is a
dynamic and rapidly changing market and I am excited about leading IHG’s
business in the region to support the company’s business growth and
development, and working with the excellent team that is in place in the
region. I have greatly enjoyed working in my current position and know
that I leave a strong team in place who are focussed on delivering
excellent growth and returns for IHG’s UK and Ireland estate.
“Having been a regular visitor to Dubai throughout the past 10 years, I
am looking forward to being a part of the dynamic growth and excitement
of the city. We have a number of major developments in the region
including the opening of three properties at Dubai Festival City, the
re-opening of the InterContinentals in Abu Dhabi and Muscat this year
after extensive refurbishment, as well as the CityStars project in
Cairo. I am looking forward to building relationships to further
increase our presence in the region.”