A new global organisation aimed at raising the profile of hotel general managers has appointed a former executive of InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) as its chief executive.
John Cameron will take over the helm of the Dubai-based Honourable Order of International Hotel General Managers (HOIHGM), which was launched last month by retired Australian hotelier Leon Larkin.
As well as improving the profile of general managers, HOIHGM will provide a range of benefits, including healthcare and insurance. The organisation is open to all current hotel general managers, as well as those who have previously served in the position, owner/operators, and aspiring young professionals working toward the role.
Cameron began his hotel career with ITT Sheraton in 1987 and went on to be appointed vice-president of the brand for the Asia Pacific region, HR and administration. He joined IHG in 2001 as vice-president HR for Asia Pacific, prior to moving to the UK two years later as senior vice-president human resources for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Before leaving IHG in 2008, he held the position of senior vice-president of hotel operations, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Cameron, who went on to become global head, HR and development for Millennium & Copthorne Hotels, before moving into hotel consultancy in 2011, said it was fantastic to be involved at the start of HOIHGM.
"It is my job to ensure we develop a professional organisation that caters to our members' needs and meets their expectations by continuing to innovate and add real value through an extensive programme of benefits,' he said.