IHG® Appoints Julienne Smith as Senior Vice President, Development in the Americas

United Kingdom, Denham. September 17, 2019

IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group), one of the world's leading hotel companies, has appointed Julienne Smith as Senior Vice President, Development in the Americas region.

In this role, Smith will lead a team responsible for increasing IHG's presence in the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean for new-builds and conversions to the Crowne Plaza®, Hotel Indigo® and EVEN® Hotels brands. She will also lead the Transactions & Asset Management team, which is focused on growing and enhancing IHG's relationship with owners and their hotels.

Through direct and focused engagement with current and potential IHG owners, Smith and her team will drive new management and franchise agreements, as well as the renewal of existing agreements, to enhance value for owners and achieve IHG's distribution and system size goals. She is based at IHG's Americas headquarters in Atlanta.

Joel Eisemann, Chief Development Officer, Americas, said: "During her years in the industry, Julienne has built strong relationships based on establishing trust and delivering successful results. We are extremely pleased to welcome her to IHG. Julienne's demonstrated performance leading a hotel development team will be a tremendous asset to our company."

Julienne Smith commented: "I am excited to join IHG, where there is such a strong opportunity for growth across the company's entire brand portfolio. I am looking forward to being part of a team of dynamic leaders who are committed to working with passionate and dedicated owners."

Smith brings more than 17 years of development experience to IHG, previously serving in leadership roles at Hyatt Hotels Corporation after starting her career at Marriott International. Most recently, she was Senior Vice President, Development and Owner Relations at Hyatt, where she primarily oversaw the growth of Hyatt's select service hotel brands and grew the company's footprint through franchise and management contracts.

She earned her bachelor's degree from Boston University and is active with several industry organizations, including the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA)'s Women in Lodging, the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI). Smith also sits on the board of Chicago-based nonprofit organization Kaleidoscope.

Subscribe to our newsletter
for more Hotel Newswire articles

Related News

Choose a Social Network!

The social network you are looking for is not available.

Close
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.