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InterContinental Hotels Group Plc - Board Appointment

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InterContinental Hotels Group PLC

Board Appointment

InterContinental Hotels Group ("IHG") [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] today announces that Sharon Rothstein is to be appointed as an independent Non-Executive Director of IHG. She will join the IHG Board with effect from 1 June 2020.

Sharon Rothstein currently serves as Operating Partner of Stripes Group, a growth equity firm investing in high growth consumer and SaaS (Software as a Service) companies. She previously served as Executive Vice President, Global Chief Marketing Officer, and subsequently, as Executive Vice President, Global Chief Product Officer for Starbucks Corporation.

In addition, Sharon has held senior marketing and brand management positions at Sephora LLC, Godiva Chocolatier, Inc., Nabisco Biscuit Company, and Procter & Gamble Company, and brings insights and experience in the hospitality industry, having also held senior roles at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

Sharon is a Director of Yelp, Inc.; and serves as a Board member for private companies: True Food Kitchen, Inc., a fast-growing healthy lifestyle restaurant company; LOLA, a lifelong women's reproductive care brand; and Levain Bakery, Inc., a premium New York bakery chain.

Patrick Cescau, Non-Executive Chair, IHG, commented: 

"Sharon brings extensive brands and marketing expertise, having worked in senior positions for more than 25 years at iconic global companies. In addition to her knowledge of the hospitality industry, Sharon has wide-ranging Board-level experience in a number of consumer-focused businesses, which will add significant value as IHG continues to develop its family of hotel brands, welcoming millions of guests around the world. I look forward to welcoming Sharon to the IHG Board."