If you’ve not been there, the InterContinental Park Lane is a very nice hotel, champagne-elegant and quietly bubbling. On the chilled club lounge on the 7th floor, with stunning views over London, Angela Brav is sitting on a sofa, making notes in a file.
Brav is European CEO for InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), a FTSE 100 giant that includes such global chains as Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza. She’s American, but has been posted to the UK for the last five years.
‘There’s a huge difference between working here versus working in the United States. The British tend to be much more negative about things. If you’re not from here it’s almost a little extreme,’ Brav confides.