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Brand Communications Manager, Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA)
How long have you worked for IHG? What were your first impressions of working here?
I’ve worked for IHG since March 2013. On my first day I was struck by how welcoming everyone was, and how a number of senior leaders went out of their way to welcome me even though I had very little to do with their function.
“One of the best things about working in the hospitality industry is just that - the culture of hospitality. The warmth and tradition of being welcoming translates from the hotel environment to our corporate culture too”
How did you get the job at IHG?
I was working for a PR agency in Abu Dhabi, where IHG was one of my main clients. I’d already resigned from my job with plans to go travelling for a few months when an opportunity came about in IHG’s Singapore office. I didn’t hesitate to apply, even though it meant putting the travelling plans on hold and moving to a country I’d never been to before. As far as I was concerned, it was (and still is) my dream job.
What do you like about working at IHG?
The people I get to work with are a big part of what I like about working here - both with my direct team, the Singapore corporate office and with the hotel teams. I love the fact that what we’re all working toward the same goal – to create Great Hotels Guests Love. You get to hear stories all the time about our colleagues in hotels who have gone that extra mile for one of our guests - they make people’s days by doing something beyond their day job all the time
What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
Being creative and being able to express that creativity is a big part of who I am - whether that’s performing in a theatre production, painting and drawing or writing. I love to travel, which is one of the best things about working for IHG and working in Singapore - there are so many fantastic places on my doorstep to explore and I’m slowly ticking off destinations around the region. I’m a big fan of Bikram Yoga too, which I try to go to at least twice a week.
What do you like about the team you work with?
No one ever says, “That’s not my job.” We act and work as a team. Everyone is always looking for ways to do things better than the way we did them before, pushing to do new things in new ways. We have a great leadership team who I genuinely admire both personally and professionally. I hate to use the word ‘inspiring’ - but they actually are. They push us to question things and think smarter. Did I mention that they make me laugh every day? My team is awesome.
Do you know where you want your IHG career to go? How is IHG helping you to reach this goal?
I know that there are a lot of options open to me within IHG and I know that whatever I choose, IHG will help me. There’s a lot of emphasis on personal and professional growth at IHG and there are robust systems in place to support that.