René is Head of Restaurants and Bars for IHG in Europe since September 2017. He is responsible for driving IHG’s Food and beverage agenda in all of its 700 hotels in Europe. Key initiatives are around developing bespoke restaurant and bar concepts for their InterContinental Hotels and Hotel Indigo, developing restaurant and bar concepts for scale, the roll out of Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants in Europe and transforming the Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express portfolio.
René holds a BBA in hospitality management and an MBA from the university of Maastricht. He has been with IHG for a total of 14 years and has worked in all global regions that IHG operates in. He worked in hotel operations in Paris, New York, Atlanta, Shanghai and Dubai and was responsible for the IHG Americas Food and Beverage program for company managed hotels. Most recently René lead the Kimpton expansion in Europe and opened the first hotel outside the Americas in Amsterdam.