Kirk KinsellKirk Kinsell, president of InterContinental Hotels Group’s Americas region, will step down on Feb. 13, to become president and CEO of Loews Hotels & Resorts.

Elie Maalouf will succeed Kinsell at IHG, assuming the title of CEO of the Americas region.

At Loews, Kinsell will replace Paul Whetsell, effective March 2. Whetsell will assume the role of vice chairman.

Loews Chairman Jonathan Tisch said that Kinsell's "broad experience in development, sales and brand operations makes him an ideal choice to lead Loews Hotels forward in our next phase of growth and operational excellence."

Tisch said that Whetsell "has been instrumental in profitably growing our brand and broadening our customer base through the addition of key properties in gateway cities and by building upon the success of our existing portfolio."

Maalouf is currently a senior adviser at management consulting firm McKinsey & Co. and was president and CEO of airport/highway concessionaire HMSHost Corp. from November 2005 to December 2011.

Richard Solomons, IHG’s CEO, said that Maalouf “has a successful track record of building and developing a global business, working in a franchised environment and of delivering strong financial performance.”

Kinsell has spent 19 years with IHG and its biggest brand, Holiday Inn, in a number of roles. While he was senior vice president of development and franchise services from 1992 to 1995, Kinsell led the brand launch of Holiday Inn Express.

He co-led the launch of lifestyle chain Hotel Indigo in 2004.

“Kirk has made an enormous contribution to the success of IHG over his 19 years with the business,” Solomons said.

Kinsell said, “I leave confident in the knowledge there is real strength in the Americas’ leadership team and look forward to seeing the business go from strength to strength. I wish Elie all the very best for the future.” 


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