Senior Vice President, Hotel Lifecycle and Growth, Americas
Jay Caiafa is Senior Vice President, Hotel Lifecycle and Growth, Americas, based in Atlanta, Georgia.
Jay oversees the Architecture & Design, Quality, Property Improvement Plan, Hotel Openings/Transition Support and System Size functions in the company’s largest operating region to help drive growth, build preferred brands and strengthen owner preference.
Jay joined IHG® in 2013 as Director, Strategy for the Americas, where he played an important role in driving several company priorities, including the repositioning of the Crowne Plaza® brand, transformation of the Americas Sales function, and development of the regional business case for the company’s acquisition of Kimpton® Hotels & Restaurants. In April 2015, he was promoted to VP, Strategy, Americas, where he continued his work on critical strategic priorities, including the development and launch of avid™ hotels.
Prior to joining IHG, Jay was a Case Team Leader in Bain & Company’s Atlanta office, and prior to that, he practised law with Paul, Hastings, Janofsky, and Walker LLP. He also served as CEO of a biotech startup and, prior to graduate school, served in the United States Air Force as a pilot and squadron flight safety officer.
Jay holds an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and a J.D. from the Duke University School of Law. He received his Bachelor of Science in Management from the United States Air Force Academy. Jay currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.