InterContinental Hotels Group has appointed Mr.
Shantha de Silva as Head of South West Asia, overseeing India,
Bangladesh, Nepal & Sri Lanka.
Leading IHG's business in the region, with a
focus on India as a key market, Shantha is responsible for driving
strategic growth for the company and the operational performance
of 21 hotels across four brands: InterContinental, Crowne Plaza,
Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express.
He will also play an integral role in driving
IHG's plans to have 150 hotels open or in the pipeline in India
within the next 10 to 15 years.
Shantha is based in Gurgaon, India and reports
to Pascal Gauvin, Chief Operating Officer, India, Middle East and
Pascal Gauvin, Chief Operating Officer, IHG,
India, Middle East and Africa said, "Shantha takes the helm of our India leadership
team with a proven track record in driving growth in emerging
markets. In his previous roles with IHG he has demonstrated his
ability to galvanise teams to deliver at the highest of levels. We
are very pleased to have him spearhead our operations in South
West Asia and have every confidence he will strengthen the team
and take it to the next level."
Shantha is a veteran at IHG, having started his
career with the company more than 30 years ago at the former
InterContinental Colombo. He was most recently Director of
Operations for Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines,
responsible for the performance of 13 hotels across three brands
in the region, including InterContinental Singapore where he was
also General Manager. In his time with IHG he has also held
leadership roles in many emerging markets in the region, including
Cambodia, Indonesia and the Philippines.
Commenting on his appointment, Shantha de Silva,
Head of South West Asia, IHG said, ďIndia is one of the most
dynamic countries in our Asia, Middle East and Africa region and
its hospitality sector is going through exciting times with a
number of new government initiatives to boost travel and tourism.
The South West Asian region is also expected to see some strong
growth and it is a personal milestone, and honour, for me to have
the opportunity to head up our operations in this part of the
world. I look forward to working with the team to grow our
presence and market share in the region."
IHG currently operates 18 hotels across four
brands in India: InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn and
Holiday Inn Express. The company has 46 hotels in its development
pipeline, due to open in the next three to five years.
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