IHG names Jolyon Bulley Americas CEO

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has named Jolyon Bulley to succeed Elie Maalouf as Americas CEO. He is currently IHG’s CEO for the Greater China region, and also the group’s transformation lead for luxury & lifestyle.

The appointment follows the announcement that Maalouf will become IHG’s group CEO on July 1 following Keith Barr’s decision to step down to return with his family to the U.S.

Bulley has been CEO for Greater China since 2018 and is a member of IHG’s executive committee. He was previously COO for the Americas region from 2014-2017. He will take up his new position on July 1 and will be returning to his family home in Atlanta in the U.S. where he will be based.

A career hotelier, he has held a number of significant roles at IHG since he joined the business in 2001. As CEO for Greater China, he has been responsible for accelerating the growth and driving the profitability of IHG’s second-largest market. Prior to that, as COO for the Americas, he led the region’s operations for franchised and managed hotels, strengthening owner relationships and hotel operating performance. This led to him holding the same role as COO for Greater China, where he similarly oversaw the region’s hotel portfolio and brand performance, new hotel openings and owner relations.

As IHG concludes succession planning for Bulley’s responsibilities in Greater China, Daniel Aylmer, managing director for Greater China, will report to Maalouf and continue his responsibilities in China. Transition planning is underway for his other commitments.

“Jolyon has made an enormous contribution to the success of IHG over his more than two decades in the business, including holding senior roles in our two biggest markets,” said Barr. “His appointment as Americas CEO demonstrates IHG’s commitment to invest in our leaders’ development potential, our robust succession planning and a continuation of our existing growth strategy for the Americas region.”

Maalouf added, “Jolyon is returning to the Americas business where he has a proven track record of supporting the growth of IHG’s largest region. When he was COO, he redesigned and strengthened how we work with and deliver for our hotel owners. Over the last five years, Jolyon has guided Greater China through the pandemic and into the recovery, further strengthened our owner relationships and continued to grow the business at pace. I am pleased to be able to move into the group CEO role knowing that Jolyon will further strengthen the Americas leadership team.”

Added Bulley, “I am proud to have the opportunity to lead our Americas business alongside our many talented colleagues and in partnership with our hotel owners. I have worked in the hospitality industry my entire career, and I’m looking forward to building on Elie’s legacy in the region, remaining focused on capitalizing on strong owner and guest demand for our amazing brands and our attractive enterprise platform.”