Townsend Bailey - Main Stage Speaker

Townsend Bailey

Head of Corporate Responsibility, Americas, IHG Hotels & Resorts

Townsend Bailey leads Corporate Responsibility efforts for the Americas region at IHG Hotels & Resorts. In this role, he drives the implementation of environmental sustainability and community impact-focused initiatives across the region in support of IHG’s Journey to Tomorrow Responsible Business action plan. In addition, he oversees initiatives focused on integrating these areas across global marketing, commercial and technology efforts.

Townsend joined IHG from McDonald’s, where he held various roles in the company’s Global Supply Chain and Sustainability teams, including Global Strategic Sourcing Lead for Packaging and Happy Meal Premiums. In his final role, Townsend led strategic planning and sustainable sourcing for McDonald’s North America Sustainability Team.

Townsend started his career as a high school teacher and coach. He holds a BA in classical studies from Villanova University, a Master of Education from the University of Notre Dame, and an MBA from Georgia State University. Townsend lives in Atlanta, Georgia and enjoys sailing, hiking, cooking, and spending time with his wife and daughters. He also serves on the board of Beyond Hunger, a local hunger relief organization providing hunger-relief programming and services to 13 zip codes across Cook County, including portions of Chicago and its near-west Suburbs.