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Karin Sheppard

Karin Sheppard

InterContinental Hotels Group

Managing Director Europe

Karin Sheppard is the Managing Director for European business at InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) based in Buckinghamshire.

After 8 years working in various international marketing roles in the IT industry, Karin joined the area director of Sales and Marketing based at the Crowne Plaza Coogee Beach in Sydney in 2001.

In 2007, she moved to the UK to join IHG’s Europe, Middle East and Africa division (EMEA) as Vice-President of Brand Management. Three years later, she becomes Vice-President Commercial for the Middle East in Dubai. Six months into the role, a corporate reorganization occurred and created IHG’s Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA) division where Karin was offered the role of Chief Commercial officer. She relocated to Singapore, before returning to Australia in January 2015 as COO for Australasia and Japan.

In her three years as COO, Karin oversaw the market debut of the Holiday Inn Express brand and the signing of a portfolio deal to develop EVEN Hotels across Australasia. She was also appointed a Board Member of both Tourism Accommodation Australia (TAA) and the Tourism & Transport Forum (TTF).

In 2018, IHG has appointed Karin Sheppard as Managing Director for IHG across its European business.

Karin Sheppard holds a Master in International Business and Modern Languages at Aarhus School of Business in Denmark.

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