Festive Road, the travel management consultancy, announced that Nicola Lomas has joined the company. Her career spans three decades and includes buyer and supplier roles in Europe, Asia-Pacific and North America. Lomas worked for American Express and American Airlines in the US and International SOS in Europe. She is a former chair of the UK’s Institute of Travel Management.

IHG Hotels & Resorts has appointed Joanna Kurowska as managing director of the UK and Ireland. She has been with the company for 10 years, including in a number of finance and operational roles across Europe.

Highgate, a hospitality management and investment company, appointed Arash Azarbarzin as CEO. He brings more than 30 years of experience in leadership roles with luxury hotel brands including Four Seasons, St. Regis Hotels, SLS Hotels and W Hotels. Most recently, he was CEO of SH Hotels & Resorts, which includes the 1 Hotels, Baccarat Hotels and Treehouse Hotels brands.