Keith Barr ’92 has been chief executive officer of IHG since July 2017. He has spent more than 25 years working in the hospitality industry, having started his career in hotel operations. He has been a member of IHG’s executive committee since April 2011 and served as chief commercial officer for four years before being appointed CEO. Prior to this, Barr spent four years as CEO of IHG’s Greater China business.
Barr joined IHG in 2000 and subsequently held a number of senior positions, including vice president of operations for midscale brands in North America, vice president of operations for the Holiday Inn brand in North America, and chief operating officer for Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific.
Prior to joining IHG, Barr held senior roles at Bristol Hotels and Resorts, which was acquired by IHG in 2000. He is a graduate of Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration.