David Todd will streamline and accelerate IHG’s new hotel opening process acting as a Centre of excellence for the IMEA region
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, has appointed David Todd as its new Senior Director, New Hotels-IMEA.
David previously worked for IHG both at the corporate office and at the company’s hotels in the Middle East. Prior to rejoining IHG, he served as Vice President, Operations-MEA at Millennium Hotels & Resorts.
Based in Dubai, David will streamline and accelerate IHG’s new hotel opening process acting as a Centre of excellence for the IMEA region. He will collaborate with various functions across the corporate offices in Dubai and Delhi as well as build on existing and new relationships with our owners and business partners to achieve successful hotel openings across the region.
Pascal Gauvin, COO, IMEA, IHG said: “David, in his new role at IHG, brings an array of managerial and commercial skill sets, as well as a nuanced understanding of our business both at a corporate and operational level. As we are accelerating our growth in IMEA and increasing the number of hotels we open each year, it is important for us to build a new hotels team and structure that facilitates immediate ramp up of our newly opened hotels and drives quick yet sustainable results for our owners. David is a valuable addition to the IHG family, and will provide expert leadership in driving our ambitious new hotels strategy in the region.”
Shantha De Silva, Head of South West Asia, IHG said: “We are very excited to welcome David to the team. India is a priority growth market for IHG and, with over 30 hotels in our pipeline due to open in next 3-5 years; we need David’s experience and knowledge to deliver strong openings across the country."
David will serve as a senior member of IHG’s New Hotels’ leadership team, which aims to build and embed an end-to-end "Best in Class” sustainable framework in AMEA. The New Hotels team is designed to allow IHG to maintain solid relationships with owners through the design and construction phase while concurrently setting up the property for operational excellence and commercial success with IHG's tools and processes.
David Todd, Senior Director, New Hotels, IMEA, IHG stated: “I am very excited to be rejoining IHG, and to begin my work with the New Hotels team. The growth opportunities in this region are immense. I look forward to forming partnerships with new and existing owners, and to contribute to the construction, operation, and commercial endeavors of IHG’s IMEA properties going forward.”
IHG currently operates 30 hotels across four brands in South West Asia: InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, and Holiday Inn Express, with a further 39 in the development pipeline due to open in the next three to five years*.