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IHG® Appoints Rajit Sukumaran as Chief Development Officer in AMEA

NEW DELHI, IN. March 13, 2017 - InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®) today announces the appointment of Rajit Sukumaran to the role of Chief Development Officer in the Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA) region.

IHG has an established reputation as a valued partner for successful hotel owners and investors globally and currently operates across nearly 40 countries and territories in AMEA. In his new role, Rajit will head the Development team and lead the Group’s growth strategy.

Rajit brings more than 12 years’ experience in Development, Acquisitions, and Feasibility from his previous role as Senior Vice President, Acquisitions & Development, Asia Pacific at Starwood Hotels & Resorts.

Jan Smits, Chief Executive Officer AMEA said: “Rajit brings with him vast knowledge, a stellar reputation and the ability to drive development success across brands which will prove invaluable as he drives the acceleration of IHG’s growth strategy across AMEA.”

Rajit Sukumaran, Chief Development Officer AMEA added: “I am thrilled to join the IHG family as it continues on the growth journey in the region. The AMEA region has seen unprecedented growth in the past decade and still has a long runway. I look forward to working with some of the best talent in the industry as we forge ahead with both our existing and new partners across the region.”

Prior to joining Starwood, Rajit worked in the Corporate Finance division of PricewaterhouseCoopers Singapore where he was involved with several cross-border corporate transactions including mergers, acquisitions and initial public offerings.

Rajit graduated from Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University with a degree of Bachelor of Accountancy.

About IHG

IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is a global organisation with a broad portfolio of hotel brands, including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Kimpton® Hotels & Restaurants, HUALUXE® Hotels and Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo®, EVEN® Hotels, Holiday Inn® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites® and Candlewood Suites®. IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns nearly 5,100 hotels and more than 750,000 guest rooms in almost 100 countries, with nearly 1,500 hotels in its development pipeline. IHG also manages IHG® Rewards Club, the world's first and largest hotel loyalty programme, with nearly 99 million members worldwide. InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the Group's holding company and is incorporated in Great Britain and registered in England and Wales. More than 350,000 people work across IHG's hotels and corporate offices globally. Visit www.ihg.com for hotel information and reservations and www.ihgrewardsclub.com for more on IHG Rewards Club. For our latest news, visit: www.ihg.com/media.

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