IHG announced that Jolyon Bulley will succeed Elie Maalouf as Americas CEO. He is currently CEO for the Greater China region, and also the group’s transformation lead for luxury and lifestyle. The appointment follows the announcement on May 5 that Maalouf will become IHG’s CEO on July 1, following Keith Barr’s decision to step down to return with his family to the US.

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 to 2017. He will take up his new position on July 1 and will be returning to his family home in Atlanta in the US where he will be based.

A career hotelier, Bulley 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, Bulley led the region’s operations for franchised and managed hotels, strengthening owner relationships and hotel operating performance.

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

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