Karin Sheppard is Chief Operating Officer for IHG's Australasia, Japan and Korea regions, as well as Franchising in Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA).
A member of the AMEA Regional Operating Committee, Karin oversees the operations and performance of over 100 hotels in more than 10 countries across brands ranging from the luxury InterContinental Hotels & Resorts to the mid-scale Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express.
She is also responsible for the regional operations teams based in Sydney and Tokyo, as well as the AMEA Franchise Operations team.
Karin has close to 20 years of international experience in commercial functions across a variety of industries, including Technology, Telecommunications and Hospitality.
Over the course of her 13 years with IHG, Karin has held senior commercial roles in Australasia, Europe and the Middle East.
Before taking on her current role, she was Chief Commercial Officer for Asia, Middle East & Africa based in Singapore, where she led key commercial functions including Brand Management, Sales, Marketing and Revenue Management.
Karin was based in London for three years prior to that as Vice President, Brand Management for the Europe, Middle East & Africa region.
During her time in Europe she represented IHG on several IHG Owner Association Boards.
Karin holds a Master Degree in International Business Administration with Modern Languages, from Aarhus School of Business, Denmark.