Karin Sheppard

Managing Director, Europe

Karin Shepphard

Karin Sheppard is Managing Director, Europe, responsible for driving the growth of IHG® and its hotels. Karin is based in Denham, UK.

Prior to her appointment to this role in January 2018, Karin served as Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Australasia and Japan, leading the operations and performance of close to 70 hotels in the region. In her three years as COO, Karin oversaw the market debut of the Holiday Inn Express® brand and the signing of a portfolio deal to develop EVEN® Hotels across Australasia. She was also appointed a Board Member of both Tourism Accommodation Australia (TAA) and the Tourism & Transport Forum (TTF). 

In more than 15 years with IHG, Karin has held several senior roles in Europe, Australasia and the Middle East, spanning commercial, operations and brand development. Previous appointments include Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) for Asia, Middle East and Africa, and Vice President, Brand Management for Europe, Middle East & Africa. During her time in Europe, she also represented IHG on several IHG Owner Association Boards.

Karin has more than 20 years of international experience in commercial functions across a variety of industries, including technology, telecommunications and hospitality. She holds a Masters Degree in International Business Administration with Modern Languages, from Aarhus School of Business, Denmark.