Wayne Hoare

Chief Human Resources Officer

Wayne Hoare joined IHG Hotels & Resorts as Chief Human Resources Officer in September 2020. In his role, he serves as a member of IHG’s Executive Committee and is responsible for all aspects of the people and organisation strategy for the Group, including talent management, leadership development, diversity and inclusion, learning, organisation development, reward and benefits and employee relations.

Wayne has more than 30 years of experience in HR, and joined IHG from RCL FOODS, the second largest foods business in South Africa, where he has spent the past eight years as the company’s Chief Human Resources Officer, leading RCL FOODS’ culture building and talent strategy for 25,000 employees.

Prior to joining RCL FOODS, Wayne spent 26 years at Unilever, where he worked across a broad range of roles in both mature and developing markets across Europe, North America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Wayne’s most recent role at Unilever was as SVP, HR – Global Centres of Expertise, where he held responsibility for the Global Talent, Leadership Development and Reward teams. He led the development of the company’s HR strategy on enabling a performance culture focused on growth.

Wayne has a BA (Hons) in Psychology and a BA Psychology and Industrial Sociology from Rhodes University.