Head of Luxury Development, Europe | IHG
Josh joins IHG from Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos where he was VP and Head of Development for EMEA. Josh was responsible for expanding the firm’s portfolio of hotels and hotel-casinos through a variety of transaction types (management, franchise, lease and equity investment). When he joined Hard Rock in 2012, there were no operating hotels or pipeline, and minimal brand awareness, and since then Josh and his team have successfully opened three hotels, signed 15 deals and built up a pipeline of over 40 active deals.
Prior to Hard Rock, Josh worked for Economics Research Associates, a real estate financial and economic advisory firm where he consulted on a wide variety of luxury hospitality and mixed-use real estate investment and development projects globally, including for Four Seasons. Josh has also worked in Financial Planning & Analysis for Kerzner International and in hotel consulting for PKF in Los Angeles, as well as gaining operational experience in luxury hotels in New York.
He holds an MBA in International Business/Finance and a BA in International Business. He is fluent in French and has a basic understanding of Spanish. In his spare time he likes cooking (eating) and long-distance running.