IHG® announces Joanna Kurowska as new Managing Director for UK & Ireland

Posted in News, People on 29 September, 2021

IHG Hotels & Resorts (IHG), one of the world’s leading hotel groups, has today announced the appointment of Joanna Kurowska as the new managing director in its home market of UK & Ireland.  

Joanna will be responsible for driving sustainable hotel performance in the existing UK&I estate and working with owners owners and investors to unlock the growth potential for IHG’s brands. As the UK reopens following recent restrictions, Joanna is focused on delivering true hospitality for guests in the safest way possible as she leads the responsible recovery of IHG’s business in UK&I in a time of growth for the region.

Joanna’s promotion follows a 10-year career at IHG Hotels & Resorts, which started at InterContinental Warsaw as Director of Finance & Business Support, before moving on to a number of finance and operational roles across Europe, most recently settling in Frankfurt as Director of Operations for Northern Europe. Joanna also sits on IHG’s Europe Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Board. The Council is made up of colleagues from across the region who are passionate about shaping priorities and pushing for progress in line with IHG’s passion and commitment to DE&I, which sits at the heart of its purpose to provide True Hospitality for Good to guests, hotels, owners, colleagues and communities.

Karin Sheppard, Senior Vice President Managing Director Europe, IHG Hotels & Resorts, commented: “I am delighted that Joanna Kurowska has taken on the role of Managing Director, UK & Ireland. During her 10 years at IHG Hotels & Resorts, Joanna has risen through the ranks at a rapid pace and has built an excellent reputation as a team collaborator, people developer and a highly valued partner for owners. I am excited to see her take on her latest challenge leading the team at this crucial stage for growth in our home market.”

Joanna Kurowska, Managing Director UK&I, IHG Hotels & Resorts, added: “I am honoured to take on this role at such an important time for UK&I. This is a strong established market for IHG Hotels & Resorts with incredible growth potential, that I’m excited to drive forward. I’m looking forward to working with the excellent team we have in the UK&I to deliver true hospitality for our guests and robust performance for our owners.”

IHG currently has 358 hotels* operating under eight brands in UK & Ireland including InterContinental Hotels and Resorts, Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants, Crowne Plaza Hotels and Resorts, Hotel Indigo, voco Hotels, Holiday InnHotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn Express and Staybridge Suites.  

*Numbers as at 30 June 

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