Chief Development Officer, Americas
Joel Eisemann is Chief Development Officer, Americas, based in Atlanta, Georgia.
In this role, Joel is responsible for leading all development and conversion activities (both managed and franchised) in the Americas region across IHG®'s brands. Joel is also responsible for the company's Transactions & Asset Management group for the Americas which handles dispositions, workouts and restructurings and asset management. Additionally, he also heads up the region's Owner & Franchise Services team, which focuses on attracting, supporting and growing with those owners and franchisees who will strengthen the company's continued brand growth, distribution and preference.
Joel was previously with Marriott International for 29 years, where he held a number of senior positions including Chief Owner & Franchise Relations Officer; Chief Development Officer, Select Service and Extended-Stay Brands; Executive Vice President, Global Asset Management; and Senior Vice President, Lodging Development, Asia/Pacific, based in Hong Kong. Prior to joining Marriott, he was with Laventhol & Horwath in Tampa, Florida, for 3 years.
He serves on a variety of committees and boards including the AH&LA Government Affairs Committee, the AH&LA HotelPAC, Fellow of the Cornell Center for Real Estate Finance, member of the Hotel Development Council at the Urban Land Institute, and on the Executive Planning Committee for the New York University International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference.
Joel is a graduate of the Master of Professional Studies program at Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration, and he received his A.B. degree in Economics from Stanford University.