senior Leadership Team

  • Non-Executives

    • David WebsterDavid Webster

      Non-Executive Chairman*
      Chairman of the Nomination Committee

      Appointed a Director in April 2003. Appointed Non-Executive Chairman in January 2004. Also Non-Executive Chairman of Makinson Cowell Limited, a Non-Executive Director of Amadeus IT Holding SA and a Director of Temple Bar Investment Trust PLC. Formerly Chairman of Safeway plc and a Non-Executive Director of Reed Elsevier PLC. Age 67.

      * A member of the Nomination Committee

    • David KapplerDavid Kappler

      Senior Independent Non-Executive Director*
      Chairman of the Audit Committee

      Appointed a Director and Senior Independent Director in June 2004. He is also a Non-Executive Director of Shire plc. Formerly Chief Financial Officer of Cadbury Schweppes plc and Non-Executive Chairman of Premier Foods plc. A member of the Trilantic Europe Advisory Council. Age 64.

      * A member of the Audit, Nomination and Remuneration Committees

    • Graham AllanGraham Allan

      Independent Non-Executive Director*

      Appointed a Director in January 2010. Chief Executive Officer of Yum! Restaurants International (YRI), a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc. Previously President of YRI from 2003 to 2010. Age 56.

      * A member of the Audit, Nomination and Corporate Responsibility Committees

    • Luke MayhewLuke Mayhew

      Independent Non-Executive Director*
      Chairman of the Remuneration Committee

      Appointed a Director in July 2011. A Non-Executive Director of Brambles Limited. Previously Managing Director of the Department Store Division of John Lewis Partnership. Was a Non-Executive Director of WH Smith PLC and Chairman of Pets at Home Group Limited. Age 58.

      * A member of the Nomination, Remuneration and Corporate Responsibility Committees

    • Dale MorrisonDale Morrison

      Independent Non-Executive Director*

      Appointed a Director in June 2011. A founding partner of TriPointe Capital Partners. Was previously President and Chief Executive Officer of McCain Foods Limited. A Non-Executive Director of International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. Age 63.

      * A member of the Audit and Nomination Committees

    • Jennifer LaingJennifer Laing

      Independent Non-Executive Director*
      Chairman of the Corporate Responsibility Committee

      Appointed a Director in August 2005. Has over 30 years’ experience in advertising and was, until 2007, Associate Dean, External Relations at London Business School. Also serves as a Non-Executive Director of Hudson Highland Group, Inc. Age 64.

      * A member of the Audit, Nomination and Corporate Responsibility Committees

    • Jonathan LinenJonathan Linen

      Independent Non-Executive Director*

      Appointed a Director in December 2005. Was formerly Vice Chairman of the American Express Company. Serves as a Non-Executive Director of Yum! Brands, Inc. and of Modern Bank, N.A., and on a number of US Councils and advisory boards. Age 68.

      * A member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committees

    • Ying YehYing Yeh

      Independent Non-Executive Director*

      Appointed a Director in December 2007. Was previously Vice President and Chairman, Greater China Region, Nalco Company and Chairman and President, North Asia Region, President, Business Development, Asia Pacific Region and Vice President, Eastman Kodak Company. Also a Non-Executive Director of AB Volvo and ABB Ltd. Age 63.

      * A member of the Nomination, Remuneration and Corporate Responsibility Committees

  • Executives

    • Richard SolomonsRichard Solomons

      Chief Executive*

      Appointed Chief Executive in July 2011. Joined the Group in 1992 and held a number of senior roles with his previous role as Chief Financial Officer and Head of Commercial Development. Serves on the Executive Committee of the World Travel & Tourism Council. Age 50.

      * A member of the Executive and Corporate Responsibility Committees

    • Tom SingerThomas Singer

      Chief Financial Officer*

      Appointed Chief Financial Officer in September 2011. Joined the Group from Bupa, where he was Group Finance Director and a main board member. Previously Group Finance Director and Chief Operating Officer at William Hill PLC and Finance Director at Moss Bros Group PLC. Age 48.

      * A member of the Executive Committee

    • Kirk KinsellKirk Kinsell

      President, The Americas*

      Appointed a Director in August 2010. Joined the Group in 2002. Appointed an Executive Committee member in 2007 and was President, Europe, Middle East and Africa until June 2011. Responsible for the business development and performance of all the hotel brands and properties in The Americas region. Age 57.

      * A member of the Executive Committee

    • Tracy RobbinsTracy Robbins

      Executive Vice President, Human Resources and Head of Operations Support*

      Appointed a Director in August 2011. Joined the Group in December 2005 from Compass Group PLC. Responsible for global talent management, leadership development, employee reward strategy and implementation, organisational capability and operations support. Age 48.

      * A member of the Executive Committee

    • Keith BarrKeith Barr

      Chief Executive, Greater China*

      Joined the Group in 2000. Became Chief Executive, Greater China in April 2011. Responsible for the business development and performance of all the hotel brands and properties in the Greater China region. Age 41.

      * A member of the Executive Committee;
      Not a main Board Director

    • Angela BravAngela Brav

      Chief Executive, Europe*

      Joined the Group in 1988. Appointed Chief Executive, Europe in August 2011, responsible for the business development and performance of all the hotel brands and properties in Europe. Age 49.

      * A member of the Executive Committee;
      Not a main Board Director

    • Tom ConophyTom Conophy*
    • Jan SmitsJan Smits

      Chief Executive, Asia, Middle East and Africa*

      Joined the Group in 2002. Became Chief Executive, Asia, Middle East and Africa in August 2011. Responsible for the business development and performance of all the hotel brands and properties in Asia, Middle East and Africa. Age 51.

      * A member of the Executive Committee;
      Not a main Board Director

    • George TurnerGeorge Turner

      Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Company Secretary*

      Joined the Group in September 2008 from Imperial Chemical Industries PLC. Appointed Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Company Secretary in January 2009. Responsible for corporate governance, risk management, insurance, data privacy, internal audit, legal and corporate responsibility and public affairs. Age 41.

      * A member of the Executive Committee;
      Not a main Board Director


      *Left the Group’s employment
      on 29 February 2012.