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Willemijn Geels

Vice President Development Europe – IHG

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Willemijn Geels is Vice President Development at IHG, one of the world’s leading hotel companies. She drives the expansion of the group’s brands across Europe, encompassing luxury, upscale and mainstream opportunities through managed and franchised deal structures. In addition to identifying new opportunities, she leads a team which works closely with owners and investors in a support and advisory capacity to drive long-term revenue.

Prior to joining IHG in 2005, Willemijn was Development & Acquisitions Director at Louvre Hotels Group where she delivered strong returns for European owners. She also gained experience in Deloitte’s Transport, Hospitality and Leisure team in Paris, where she led multiple hotel valuations, feasibility studies, and transaction and strategic advisory assignments.

Willemijn graduated from IMHI-ESSEC business school with a MBA degree in International Hospitality Management and specialising in Real Estate.