DENHAM, U.K. — Elie Maalouf has been appointed CEO, Americas region for InterContinental Hotels Group, effective February. He is currently senior advisor at McKinsey & Company in New York City and former president and CEO of Bethesda, Md.-based HMSHost Corporation.
Maalouf will succeed Kirk Kinsell, who is currently president of IHG’s Americas business. “Kirk has made an enormous contribution to the success of IHG over his 19 years with the business and as head of two of our biggest regions,” said Richard Solomons, CEO of IHG. “Amongst many other achievements, he developed and launched three successful new brands — Holiday Inn Express, Hotel Indigo and Even Hotels, built great relationships with our owners and created a strong leadership team in the Americas. I personally have hugely valued his support and friendship over the years.
Solomons added: “I would like to take this opportunity to welcome Elie Maalouf to IHG. He has a successful track record of building and developing a global business, working in a franchised environment and of delivering strong financial performance.”