– UK, London – InterContinental Hotels Group PLC (“IHG”) today announces that Ms Jo Harlow is to be appointed as an independent Non-Executive Director of IHG. She will join the IHG Board with effect from 1 September 2014.

Jo has been the Corporate Vice President of the Phones Business Unit at Microsoft since May 2014 and, prior to this, held the position of Executive Vice President of Smart Devices at Nokia Corporation from February 2011. She has also held a number of senior management roles at Nokia since 2003, including SVP of Global Mobile Phones Marketing and Nokia UK and SVP Symbian Smartphones.

Jo previously spent ten years at Reebok (1992 to 2003), where she held a number of senior roles including VP, Global Marketing Operations, and eight years at Procter & Gamble (1984 to 1992). 

Commenting on her appointment, Patrick Cescau, IHG’s Non-Executive Chairman, said “IHG has a rich heritage of innovation and of using technology to enhance guest experiences.  As new technology continues to shape consumer behaviour, we are committed to strengthening and evolving our digital capabilities to help cater for, and pre-empt, the changing needs of our guests. Jo brings a wealth of experience and knowledge, particularly on the role digital technology plays in driving consumer behaviour. She will be a great addition to the Board.”

Jo will also serve on the Audit and Remuneration Committees of the IHG Board.  

About IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group)

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

IHG manages IHG® Rewards Club, the world’s first and largest hotel loyalty programme with over 80 million members worldwide. The programme was relaunched in July 2013, offering enhanced benefits for members including free internet across all hotels, globally.

IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns over 4,700 hotels and 693,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries, with almost 1,200 hotels in its development pipeline.

InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the Group’s holding company and is incorporated in Great Britain and registered in England and Wales.

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