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Joanna Kurowska (photo: InterContinental Hotels Group)

IHG fills new role to promote northern hotels

Hotel giant InterContinental group has announced the promotion of Joanna Kurowska to director of operations for luxury and managed hotels in Northern Europe.

Based in its Frankfurt office, a new appointment by InterContinental Hotels Group, Joanna Kurowska, will be responsible for driving sustainable hotel performance for IHG and owners of the group’s managed properties in northern Europe in her newly established role.

IHG’s northern Europe team supports owners and hotels in Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland, among other countries.

She will be working with IHG, owners and hotels to “accelerate business processes and drive an increase in efficiency for all parties” and will travel extensively across the region and work closely with hotels in a supporting role to “optimise profits, evaluate commercial strategies and drive long-term revenue”.

The new role was created as part of IHG’s efforts to develop an effective market model for Europe in order to bring resources closer to owners and hotels.

This process led to the creation of the newly formed divisional team in the Frankfurt office under the leadership of Mario Maxeiner, managing director for northern Europe.

In her new role, Kurowska will be a member of the northern European leadership team, directly reporting to Maxeiner.

Background and expectations
Born and raised in Warsaw, Kurowska has been with IHG for eight years and brings a strong background in finance and operations to her new role, IHS said.

Starting as director of finance and business support at the InterContinental Warsaw, a position she held for three years, she went on to various Finance and Operations roles throughout IHG’s European business. Most recently, she held the role of operations finance director for luxury and managed estate in Europe.

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