Vice president of HR, AMEA Intercontinental Hotel Group
With over 16 years of HR experience behind her, Deborah Woollard is perfectly placed for her role at Intercontinental Hotel Group. She currently oversees a regional workforce of 46,000 employees, offering progressive solutions that create tailored career paths for each individual within IHG. During recruitment, matching staff to culture is the top priority, as Woollard believes people can develop their skills later on through the company’s blended L&D agenda. In 2015, IHG achieved third spot in the Best Companies to Work For awards. Her plans for the future include groundbreaking strategies, such as the firm’s accelerated career progression program, which brings people into general manager positions within two years instead of 15. She hopes to continue this move away from the fundamentals, instead focusing on what she calls “something sexier” within the group.