Leanne Harwood

Managing Director, Australasia and Japan

Leanne Harwood

Leanne Harwood is Managing Director, Australasia and Japan, responsible for driving the growth of IHG® and its hotels. Leanne is based in Sydney, Australia.

Leanne was appointed to her current role in January 2018 and has held several senior leadership positions across the Middle East, Southeast Asia and Australasia since joining IHG in 2005.

In her previous role as Vice President for IHG's operations in South East Asia and Korea, she oversaw the operations and performance of 60 hotels across Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, Laos and Korea. Prior to this, Leanne was Vice President, Commercial, for IHG's Asia, Middle East and Africa region, responsible for driving the overall revenue of more than 200 hotels across the region, and embedding the use of IHG’s system, tools and processes.

She has also served as Regional Director of Sales for Asia and Australasia, and as Commercial Director for South East Asia, where she was responsible for on-property sales, marketing and revenue management delivery, and top-line financial performance of hotels across the Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia.

Leanne has worked in the hotel industry for more than 20 years and is originally from New Zealand.