Four hospitality companies have named new leaders in recent days. Here are some names to know for 2023.


InterContinental Hotels Group has appointed Michael Glover as the company’s new chief financial officer. Glover will take up his new position and become an executive director of IHG’s board and a member of IHG’s executive committee as of March 20, 2023.

Glover has been with IHG for 18 years and currently serves as CFO of the Americas and group head of commercial finance. He succeeds Paul Edgecliffe-Johnson who, in October, announced his intention to pursue an opportunity outside IHG after 19 years of service. Edgecliffe-Johnson will step down from his role and the IHG board effective March 19. 

During his tenure with the business, Glover has held several roles at group and regional level, including CFO of IHG’s China region from February 2013 to September 2015, at which time he became group financial controller where he oversaw tax, treasury and financial reporting groupwide.

In his most recent role as CFO Americas and with group-wide responsibility for commercial finance operations, which includes the global procurement, sales & marketing and technology functions as well as IHG’s system fund, Glover has focused on IHG’s Journey to Tomorrow responsible business plan and helped progress the company’s sustainability ambitions.

Before IHG, Glover worked with several large Fortune 250 companies in a wide range of roles, beginning his career at Halliburton Energy Services in 1995. 

Virgin Hotels

Martin Sinclair is the new corporate director of operations for North America at Virgin Hotels. Based in Miami, Sinclair will develop strategies to excel the performance of the Virgin Hotels brand.

Before Virgin Hotels, Sinclair led teams at 10 Four Seasons hotels and resorts in Canada, the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Singapore and St. Kitts-Nevis. Most recently, he was GM of the Hualalai Resort Club in Kona, Hawaii, a property managed by Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. Other roles include GM at the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver; at The Regent Singapore, a Four Seasons Hotel; and the Four Seasons Resort Nevis.

Stonebridge Companies

Denver-based hotel owner, operator and development company Stonebridge Companies has added C.J. Chapman as general counsel. In his new role, Chapman willnprovide in-house legal advice for Stonebridge and oversee the company's risk-management group. 

Chapman, a Denver native, brings nearly two decades of experience as a general counsel and shareholder to Stonebridge. Most recently, he served as general counsel at Elevation Capital, a venture fund based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Before that, he was EVP, general counsel and corporate secretary at BellRock Brands, a publicly traded company on the Canadian Securities Exchange, which he took public in November 2018.

Before that role, Chapman was a shareholder at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, where he practiced in its real estate and corporate departments. 

Chapman’s appointment follows on the heels of Stonebridge’s hiring of Tom Brinkman as president and COO and is part of the company’s plans for significant growth, both in its portfolio and company composition. Earlier this year, Stonebridge announced plans to acquire more than $1 billion in hotel assets with a focus on third-party management opportunities with a recent investment by TowerBrook Capital Partners and other private investors.

Island Hospitality Management

Officials of third-party management company Island Hospitality Management have promoted Kate Bleakley to VP of operations for its WaterWalk division. She joined the company four years ago at the Residence Inn Denver Downtown and most recently worked at the Hyatt Place Cherry Creek in Denver. 

Before joining Island, Bleakley held multiple positions with Millennium Hotels & Resorts, including hotel manager of Millennium Harvest House Boulder. Bleakley completed Cornell University’s General Manager Program and received her Certified Government Meeting Professional designation through the Society of Government Meeting Professionals. She received her degree in international business from the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business.