InterContinental London picks Patty Kahn for comms role

InterContinental London has made Patty Kahn its director of communication amid efforts to make the venue known as a food and beverage destination.

InterContinental London: wants to make its venues more accessible
InterContinental London: wants to make its venues more accessible
The appointment follows on from Kahn being given the interim position last year, and comes ahead of the opening of the InterContinental’s second UK hotel in Westminster later this year.

Kahn took on the interim role having spent 10 years in the hospitality sector and replaces Esther Williamson, who left the role for personal reasons.

She said: ‘The move was a culmination of all my experience, which has covered food and wine elements, events, interior design and more.

‘I was brought in to look at the messaging to see how we could position ourselves at Park Lane and open our doors more to Londoners. There’s a preconceived idea about what the hotel is about and the whole ethos of the brand is really about flexible luxury. We have great rooms and we always look to keep them full but there’s a real focus on food and drink as it attracts local people too.’

Kahn’s previous experience includes US-based agency Glodow Nead, where she worked with clients including W Hotels and Four Seasons.

She also oversaw the hospitality division at US agency Bullfrog & Baum, and was most recently global marketing and PR director for Vivobarefoot.

She will report to Ed Purnell, InterContinental’s area director of marketing London, who said: ‘We are thrilled to welcome Patty into a permanent role. Her international luxury, hospitality, food, beverage and beauty experience is the ideal match for our flagship hotel of the InterContinental brand here on Park Lane.

‘Since arriving in August Patty has played a vital role in raising the profile of the hotel and the brand through fresh ideas and exciting concepts, such as Gin & Jazz and the 50 Mile Menu.  We look forward to even more success as we make further commitments in London this year. ’

InterContinental London Westminster will open in November.

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