INTERCONTINENTAL HOTELS GROUP ANNOUNCES NEW SENIOR SALES AND BRAND MANAGEMENT APPOINTMENTS

Published July 25th, 2006 - 11:33 GMT

InterContinental Hotels Group PLC (IHG) today announces the appointment of two newly created senior positions - Nina Bibby as Senior Vice President, Worldwide Brand Management and Stephen Powell as Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales. Both will report directly to Peter Gowers, IHG’s Chief Marketing Officer.

Nina joins from Diageo PLC where she held a number of roles including Global Brand Director of the Reserve Brands Group and, most recently, Commercial Strategy Director. Previously, Nina was Associate Director of the Henley Centre, following positions with Gemini Consulting and Nomura Securities in London, New York and Tokyo.

Stephen is promoted from his current role with IHG of Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Europe Middle East and Africa region. Stephen has been with IHG since December 2003, when he joined as Vice President of Sales, UK and Ireland.  A hotel industry veteran, Stephen has held a range of senior sales posts in the US and Europe with major hotel groups, including Sheraton, Loews and Fairmont.

Peter Gowers, Chief Marketing Officer, said: "Our global customers increasingly look to IHG to provide multi-brand, multi-country solutions to their travel needs. They also want their views clearly heard when it comes to designing our brands and simplifying the way we do business. These appointments will further our efforts to bring our customers into the development process of our brands and to make IHG the easiest hotel company to do business with."

Nina Bibby said: “IHG is a truly global company with a clear direction and a stable of world-class brands. I look forward to contributing to the company’s continuing growth worldwide by developing our brands with a focus on extensive customer insight.”

Stephen Powell added: “I am delighted to accept this new role and will work with our strong regional sales and brand teams to ensure a consistent and innovative approach in how we deal with our customers as we drive forward with our ambition to become one of the very best companies in the world.”

InterContinental Hotels Group PLC of the United Kingdom [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is the world's largest hotel group by number of rooms.  InterContinental Hotels Group owns, manages, leases or franchises, through various subsidiaries, over 3,600 hotels and 537,500 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries and territories around the world. The Group owns a portfolio of well recognised and respected hotel brands including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn® Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites®, Candlewood Suites® and Hotel IndigoTM, and also manages the world's largest hotel loyalty programme, Priority Club® Rewards.

InterContinental Hotels Group offers information and online reservations for all its hotel brands at www.ichotelsgroup.com and information for the Priority Club Rewards programme at www.priorityclub.com.

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