Haitham Mattar was appointed Managing Director of India, Middle East & Africa for IHG Hotels and Resorts in 2021. A well-known industry veteran in the IMEA region, Mattar has over 25 years of experience in tourism, hospitality management and marketing. Since the beginning of his career, Mattar has held senior positions in global hotel brands such as Hilton Worldwide and Marriott. In his current role, he manages IHG’s business and growth strategy, leads the operations and performance of over 160 hotels, and oversees the development of IHG’s 106 new hotels. Mattar’s expertise spans from destination development & marketing, tourism product & attractions development to investor relations, tourism strategy, airlift development, digital and partnership marketing. He was named ‘Leisure and Tourism CEO of the Year’ at the prestigious CEO Middle East Awards, and ‘Business Leader of the Year’ at the Hospitality Excellence Awards in 2018.