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Mr. Jerome

David Michael Jerome

SVP Corporate Responsibility, InterContinental Hotels Group

David Michael Jerome is the Senior Vice President for Corporate Responsibility at InterContinental Hotels Group based in the United Kingdom. IHG leads the industry in environmental innovation with its guide to sustainable hotel building, construction and operations. IHG is also leading in community investment and local economic development, with over 4200 hotels globally. Before joining IHG in 2006, Mr. Jerome led Corporate Affairs for AB InBev, the world's largest brewer. Prior to AB InBev, Mr. Jerome worked for General Motors in a variety of staff and operational roles. He was head of GM Korea before assuming responsibility for GM's global reputation and corporate responsibility activities. Mr. Jerome practiced law in Washington, D.C. before joining GM.

Mr. Jerome can be contacted at 00 44 (0) 1895-512324 or david.jerome@ihg.com

Coming up in November 2019...

Architecture & Design: Biophilic Design

The hospitality industry is constantly evolving to meet and exceed guest expectations. As a result, hotels are always on the lookout for new ways to improve the guest experience, and architecture and design is an essential part of this equation. Bold design is often the most effective way to make an exceptional first impression - an impression guests use to distinguish between brands. One design trend that is being embraced worldwide has become known as “Biophilic Design.” Biophilic design is based on the concept of biophilia, which is the theory that human beings have an innate tendency to seek out nature, natural elements, and natural forms. Biophilic design is more than hotels simply adding a surplus of plants; it involves incorporating specific design elements into a hotel in order to imbue it with a sense of wellness and well-being. Some of those elements include exposure to natural lighting; views of nature and rooms with a view; natural architectural patterns; salvaged or reclaimed woods of all types; reclaimed metals; sustainably sourced stone; living green walls and vertical gardens; and direct and indirect exposure to nature. Hotels that have incorporated biophilic design into their properties are reaping the benefits associated with this trend including reduced stress responses, better air quality, lower energy costs, and more positive guest reviews. Biophilic design has also been shown to improve guest moods and to satisfy consumer demand for environmental responsibility. Savvy hotel owners and managers are aware that nature-inspired elements enhance their guests' comfort and well-being, which is why this trend is becoming so prevalent. Biophilic design is just one topic in the fields of hotel architecture and design that will be examined in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.