Kirk Kinsell wins Industry Leader award, moves to Loews

L to R: Chuck Day, vice president of The School’s Alumni Association and lead portfolio manager at IHG; Kirk Kinsell, president, The Americas, IHG; Bruce Lange, president of The School’s Alumni Association and managing director of Westin Kierland Resort & Spa

L to R: Chuck Day, vice president of The School’s Alumni Association and lead portfolio manager at IHG; Kirk Kinsell, president, The Americas, IHG; Bruce Lange, president of The School’s Alumni Association and managing director of Westin Kierland Resort & Spa

NEW YORK—Michigan State University’s School of Hospitality Business Alumni Association awarded Industry Leader of the Year honours to Kirk Kinsell, InterContinental Hotels Group Americas President, at its annual Celebration of Leadership gala held Nov. 8 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, in New York City.

Effective March 2, 2015, Kinsell will leave IHG to assume the role of president and CEO of Loews Hotels, replacing Paul Whetsell, who will assume the role of vice-chairman.

An industry leader with 30 years of hospitality experience, Kinsell first joined IHG in 1988 as senior vice-president of franchising. After holding senior leadership roles with Micell Technologies, ITT Sheraton and Avado Brands, Kinsell returned to the company in 2002 as Americas chief development officer. He was appointed president of IHG’s Americas region in 2011, giving him responsibility for the management, growth, and profitability of the company’s largest operating region, spanning the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Latin America and the Caribbean.