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Biography PhotoJanis Cannon
Senior Vice President, Upscale Brands

Janis Cannon is senior vice president, Ascend and Cambria, at Choice Hotels International. As a member of the senior executive team and the leader of the Cambria hotels & suites brand and the Ascend Hotel Collection, Ms. Cannon directs all aspects of Choice Hotels’ work in the upscale hotel segment.

Ms. Cannon joined Choice Hotels in April 2016 after serving as vice president and global brand leader at IHG for the company’s upscale brand portfolio. During her 10-year career at IHG, Ms. Cannon led the company’s brands and cross-functional teams, implementing best-in-class brand strategies including the creation of brand strategy and frameworks for Hotel Indigo’s global launch and development; the successful positioning of InterContinental Hotels and Resorts; and the repositioning of the Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts brand.

Prior to IHG, Ms. Cannon served for four years as the Deputy Commissioner of Economic Development at the Georgia Department of Economic Development, where she was responsible for advocating state legislation that would attract new jobs and incremental revenues for Georgia residents. Previously, Ms. Cannon was Senior Vice President, Global Sales for Swissotel Hotels and Resorts.

Ms. Cannon earned her BFA in speech communications from Valdosta State University.

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