IHG's CEO of Americas Kirk Kinsell steps down

Elie Maalouf to succeed Kinsell following move to Loews Hotels & Resorts

Kirk Kinsell will step down in February.
Kirk Kinsell will step down in February.

Kirk Kinsell, president of InterContinental Hotels Group’s Americas region, will leave his role in February 2015, to become president and CEO of Loews Hotels & Resorts.

Elie Maalouf will succeed Kirk Kinsell at IHG, assuming the title of CEO of the Americas region. He will take on his new role from March 2015.

Kinsell has spent 19 years with IHG and its biggest brand, Holiday Inn, in a number of roles.

While he was senior vice president of development and franchise services from 1992 to 1995, Kinsell led the brand launch of Holiday Inn Express. He also co-led the launch of lifestyle chain Hotel Indigo in 2004.

Richard Solomons, IHG’s CEO said: “Kirk has made an enormous contribution to the success of IHG over his 19 years with the business.

Kinsell said, “I leave confident in the knowledge there is real strength in the Americas’ leadership team and look forward to seeing the business go from strength to strength. I wish Elie all the very best for the future.”

Maalouf is currently a senior adviser at management consulting firm McKinsey & Co. and was president and CEO of airport/highway concessionaire HMSHost Corp. from November 2005 to December 2011.

Richard Solomons, IHG’s CEO, said that Maalouf: “has a successful track record of building and developing a global business, working in a franchised environment and of delivering strong financial performance.”

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