Intercontinental Hotels Group has appointed Jacque Riley to spearhead the introduction of the Kimpton brand in Europe.

IHG, which purchased the upmarket brand in 2015, has announced that its first Kimpton properties in Europe will be in Amsterdam and Paris.

Riley has taken up the role of brand director for Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants Europe, having previously been Kimpton’s director of communications for the eastern US region.

In her new role, Riley will report to Tom Rowntree, IHG’s vice president of brand management, luxury and boutique brands, Europe.

“Following IHG’s recent launch announcement of Kimpton hotels in Amsterdam and Paris, Jacque’s appointment is key to delivering the launch of the brand across the region and supporting our wider business strategy,” said Rowntree.  

“Our focus is to maintain all that makes the Kimpton brand special and loved, while bringing the brand to life in new markets, languages and cultures; Jacque, with her depth of experience, is the perfect person to help deliver this.”

Kimpton is to open its first European property – the 270-room Kimpton Amsterdam – early next year. The brand’s second hotel in Paris is scheduled to follow in 2020.

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