Bastien Blanc is the Managing Director for KSA & Bahrain at IHG. He is responsible for driving IHG’s growth and performance in Saudi Arabia with the aim to maintain IHG’s leading position in the market. With extensive experience of working in KSA, Bastien has been deeply ingrained into the market. He has also been leading IHG’s Saudization efforts which he will continue to drive further in his new role.
In his previous role with IHG, Bastien was the Vice President Operations, Middle East and was responsible for the performance of 90 hotels across the region. A large part of his role was to spend time with the hotel teams and owners, to understand and support their needs and provide them with the guidance to navigate the evolving markets.
Having worked with hospitality companies such as Accor and Interstate Hotels, Bastien is an industry veteran, and brings with him over 25 years of hospitality experience, with senior management experience in commercial, development and operations across North America, Europe, Russia, India, Middle East, Africa and the Indian ocean.