Leanne Harwood

Vice President Operations, South East Asia & Korea
InterContinental Hotels Group

Leanne is Vice President for IHG's operations in South East Asia and Korea, based in Bangkok. She oversees the operations and performance of more than 50 hotels in Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines and Korea, and this is due to double over the next three to five years.

Prior to this, Leanne was Vice President, Commercial, for IHG's Asia, Middle East and Africa region based first in Dubai and later Bangkok, responsible for driving the overall revenue of more than 200 hotels across the region, unlocking the power of the IHG system and embedding the use of the company’s system, tools and processes.

Leanne has worked in the hotel industry for over 20 years. During that time she has worked for a number of hotel companies and been based in a variety of countries including Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam and French Polynesia.

Leanne joined IHG in 2005. Prior to her move to Dubai, Leanne was based in Singapore where she had the joint role of Regional Director, Sales, Asia Australasia and Director, Commercial for South East Asia. In this role she led the sales strategy for the region and headed up eight worldwide sales offices. She was also responsible for on-property sales, marketing and revenue management delivery and top-line financial performance of hotels across Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia.

Originally from New Zealand, Leanne is a fitness fanatic and enjoys skiing.