New board member for IHG

Jo Harlow is set to be made an independent Non-Executive Director on the board of InterContinental Hotels Group, taking up the role on September 1st this year.

She has previously been non-executive director at Sage Group.

Since May this year she has had the role of corporate vice president of Microsoft's phone business unit.

Before that she was executive vice president of smart devices at Nokia, a role she took on in early 2011, following a string of senior management positions in the company.

Between 1992 and 2003, she worked at Reebok, and her range of senior positions here included being vice president of global marketing operations. Between 1984 and 1992, she worked for Procter & Gamble.

IHG non-executive chairman Patrick Cescau has focussed on technology in his official comment on Harlow's new role.

"IHG has a rich heritage of innovation and of using technology to enhance guest experiences," he said.   

"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."

Ms Harlow has much knowledge and experience, especially when it comes to the part digital tech has in impacting the behavior of customers, he added, calling her "a great addition to the Board".

Nine hotel brands are part of the IHG portfolio, among them Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts and Hotel Indigo.

It is involved with more than 4,700 hotels – managing, leasing or franchising this number – and in total these are based in close to 100 different nations and have 693,000 rooms.

It's also growing its hotel numbers and has close to 1,200 new properties as part of its development pipeline.

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