Kavitha Iyer

Intercontinental Hotel Group / Head of Design, Americas

Kavitha Iyer is Head of Design for the Americas at IHG Hotels & Resorts. An Architect and Designer with over 20 years of experience in Hospitality and designing for travel, she is responsible for leading the Design strategy for IHG’s brands in the Americas.

Kavitha and her team of talented Creatives collaborate closely with Brand, Development and Operations to imagine and define distinctive design experiences which align closely with each Brand personality. 

With an emphasis on guest-centric experience, Kavitha and her team lead various Design initiatives across the portfolio, ranging from testing and piloting new concepts, and creating comprehensive Design guidance to implement projects. In her past few years at IHG Hotels & Resorts, she has been responsible for creating distinct visions for new Brands like Atwell Suites and voco, as well as leading the transformational Creative direction for Lifestyle, Luxury and Premium brands like Hotel Indigo, InterContinental Hotels and Crowne Plaza.

Prior to joining IHG Hotels & Resorts, Kavitha was the Director of Global Design Strategies at Marriott International where she led and launched several high-profile Design initiatives which focused on transformative next-generation experiences for various brands. 

Kavitha’s love of art and travel fuels her continued passion to spend her free time painting, appreciating new and old destinations, and being inspired by the everyday.

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