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IHG promotes Joanna Kurowska to UK&I MD

In the new role, she will be responsible for driving sustainable performance across the group’s existing portfolio, as well as unlocking growth potential for IHG’s brands

IHG Hotels and Resorts (IHG) has announced the promotion of Joanna Kurowska to managing director of its UK and Ireland operations.

In the new role, Kurowska will be responsible for driving sustainable performance across the group’s existing portfolio, as well as unlocking growth potential for IHG’s brands.

She will be tasked with leading 358 hotels operating under eight brands in the region, as the UK reopens following the global pandemic.

Kurowska said: “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.”

Kurowska brings a decade of experience working at IHG to the position, initially serving as director of finance and business support in Warsaw.

Since her time in Poland, Kurowska has held a number of finance and operational positions across Europe, including as director of operations for Northern Europe.

Karin Sheppard, senior VP, MD Europe at the company, added: “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.”

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