Hospitality Leader fact sheet

Jan Smits

Jan Smits

Jan was appointed Chief Executive, Asia, Middle East and Africa in August 2011 and is responsible for business development and performance of all the hotel brands and properties in Asia, Middle East and Africa and Australasia regions.

Jan started his career with IHG in 2002 as the Regional General Manager of Victoria, Queensland, Australian Capital Territory and Northern Territory, responsible for hotel operations and performance. In 2003, he was the Regional Vice President of Operations for Australia and Papua New Guinea and worked on the reorganisation of the business. His primary contributions in this role included change management, team integration, and the systemisation of the Food & Beverage function to drive great operational efficiency. From 2004 to 2009, he led the operations and performance of the Southern Asia and Korea region for IHG.

Jan has almost 30 years' experience in the hospitality industry. Prior to joining IHG, Jan was Director of Operations with Rydges Hotels & Resorts, responsible for 40 hotels. He has also held various senior management positions with Southern Pacific Hotel Corporation in Australia, Southeast Asia and Southwest Asia.

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