(22 Mar 2022, 10:47 +07)
IHG has confirmed that Julienne Smith, currently
Senior Vice President, Development – Luxury & Upscale, and
Development & Owner Support, will succeed Joel Eisemann, Chief
Development Officer – Americas, when he retires from the company
Since Joel joined IHG in 2011 as Chief Development
Officer, IHG’s brand portfolio and estate in the Americas has
grown from nearly
3,500 open hotels in 2011 to 4,300 open hotels and more than 900
hotels in the pipeline across the Americas region at the end of
Joel also led the expansion of
IHG’s franchised and managed brand portfolio in the Americas
including the launches of avid hotels, Atwell Suites, voco Hotels,
EVEN Hotels and most recently, Vignette Collection.
Joel Eisemann and Julienne Smith
career spans 42 years, including nearly 29 years at Marriott
International where he held various executive leadership
positions, including Chief Owner & Franchise Relations Officer;
Chief Development Officer, Select-Service and Extended-Stay
Brands; Executive Vice President, Global Asset Management; and
Senior Vice President, Lodging Development, Asia Pacific.
Joel has also served on the board of the American Hotel
& Lodging Association (AHLA), as well as co-chair of the AHLA’s
HotelPAC; was a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Hotel
Development Council for more than 15 years; and is a long-standing
member of the planning committee for the NYU International
Hospitality Industry Investment Conference.
Elie Maalouf, CEO, Americas, IHG Hotels & Resorts
said, “Joel’s contributions to the growth of IHG’s brand portfolio
over the last 10 years have been very significant. We have greatly
benefited from his deep experience and expertise, strong owner
relationships and leadership of his team, and I am deeply grateful
to him for his service and commitment. More broadly, Joel has been
a strong and tireless leader for IHG, an advocate for our industry
for decades, and has made a durable, positive impact through his
positions with key industry bodies. I wish him and his family all
the happiness and good health in the years ahead.
“At the same
time, I am fully confident in the future of IHG’s Development team
under Julienne’s leadership, and I am very excited to have her
join the Americas leadership team as Chief Development Officer to
aggressively drive forward our ambitious growth plans in the
Julienne has 20 years of development experience,
having joined IHG in August 2019 from Hyatt Hotels where she held several leadership roles after starting her career
in the hotel industry at Marriott International.
At IHG, Julienne has
been responsible for increasing the company’s presence in the
United States, Canada and Caribbean for new-builds and
conversions for the InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo
and EVEN Hotels brands, in addition to bringing voco Hotels and
Vignette Collection to the Americas.
Julienne also leads the
Development & Owner Support team, which is focused on growing and
strengthening IHG’s relationship with owners and hotels.
Within the hospitality industry, Julienne is an
active member in several organizations including AHLA, Asian
American Hotel Owners Association and ULI. She also serves on the
AH&LA Foundation Board of Trustees as well as on several industry
conference advisory and planning committees.