IHG’s Malaysia hotels ahead of average with women in senior management roles

by: Felicity Cousins | November 9, 2023

MALAYSIA: IHG Hotels and Resorts has revealed 58 per cent of its senior management roles in Malaysia are held by women.

The senior management positions are defined by IHG as department heads of the hotel executive committee across nine of its hotels in Malaysia.

Sophie Mougel, director of operations, Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines, IHG Hotels & Resorts, said: “At IHG, we are greatly invested in the diversity, equity & inclusion agenda, and extremely proud that 58 per cent of our senior management roles in Malaysia are female – ahead of the country average of 40 per cent.”

The global hotel group has introduced a range of staff career development initiatives at its hotels, including:

  • RISE – a 12-month global mentoring programme for aspiring female colleagues seeking hotel leadership roles with the aim to create a strong sense of belonging for female leaders to continue growing their careers, exchanging ideas and removing barriers with and for each other;
  • Journey to GM – launched in 2021, this talent acceleration programme supports IHG colleagues seeking to transition into a first-time GM role within two years;
  • The newly launched IHG University, which offers IHG staff individual learning and the building of skills, knowledge and capabilities.

IHG has seven open hotels in Malaysia including Johor Bahru, Melaka, Kota Kinabalu and Kuala Lumpur, and 11 in the pipeline including two openings by the end of this year – Hotel Indigo Kuala Lumpur on the Parkand Crowne Plaza Kuala Lumpur City Centre.

In September the AHLA launched a new programme to support women into leadership and ownership positions in hospitality and recently IHG also pushed for diverse hotel ownership across its portfolio. See more below.

IHG launches programme to push diverse hotel ownership


Image: IHG – women in senior management roles at IHG hotels in Malaysia.