– UK, Denham – InterContinental Hotels Group PLC (LSE & NYSE:IHG), today announces that Malina Ngai is to be appointed as an independent Non-Executive Director of IHG. She will join the IHG Board with effect from 1 March 2017.

Malina is Chief Operating Officer of A.S. Watson Group, which is part of Hong Kong-based conglomerate CK Hutchison Holdings Limited. A.S. Watson Group is the largest international health and beauty retailer in Asia and Europe with thirteen brands including Watsons, Superdrug, Savers, The Perfume Shop, Kruidvat, ICI Paris XL and ParknShop. In addition, Malina is Vice Chairman of the Hong Kong Retail Management Association and a member of the Board of Directors of the Hong Kong Sports Institute Limited.

Commenting on her appointment, Patrick Cescau, IHG’s Non-Executive Chairman, said: “Malina brings a deep understanding of how consumer-facing, branded companies operate, as well as the role that technology and digital-commerce play in transforming the consumer experience. These are very relevant areas for IHG and her experience will be invaluable to the business. She also has a truly global perspective and significant insight into the Asian market which is a key focus for IHG. I look forward to welcoming Malina to the IHG Board”.

Malina will also serve on the Nomination, Remuneration and Corporate Responsibility Committees of the IHG Board.

IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG] is a global organisation with a broad portfolio of hotel brands, including InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, Hotel Indigo, EVEN Hotels, HUALUXE Hotels and Resorts, Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn Express, Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suites.

IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns nearly 5,200 hotels and 770,000 guest rooms in almost 100 countries, with nearly 1,500 hotels in its development pipeline. IHG also manages IHG Rewards Club, the world’s first and largest hotel loyalty programme, with more than 100 million enrolled members worldwide.

InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the Group’s holding company and is incorporated in Great Britain and registered in England and Wales. More than 350,000 people work across IHG’s hotels and corporate offices globally.

For more information : http://www.ihgplc.com

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