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Patrick Cescau

Patrick Cescau – Non-Executive Chairman

Appointed to the Board: 1 January 2013

Committee Membership: Nomination Committee

Skills and Experience: From 2005 to 2008, Patrick was Group Chief Executive of Unilever Group, having previously been Chairman of Unilever PLC, Vice-Chairman of Unilever NV and Foods Director, following a progressive career with the Company, which began in France in 1973. Prior to being appointed to the Board of Unilever PLC and Unilever NV in 1999, as Finance Director, he was Chairman of a number of the Company's major operating companies and divisions, including in the US, Indonesia and Portugal.

Board Contribution: Patrick has held Board positions for more than 13 years in leading global businesses and brings extensive international experience in brands, consumer products, as well as finance. As Chairman, Patrick is responsible for leading the Board and ensuring it operates in an effective manner and promoting constructive relations with shareholders.

Other Appointments: Currently a Non-Executive Director of International Consolidated Airlines Group S.A. and the Senior Independent Non-Executive Director of Tesco PLC. Patrick is also a trustee of The Leverhulme Trust and Chairman of the St Jude India Children's Charity. He was formerly a Senior Independent Director and Non-Executive Director of Pearson PLC and a Director at INSEAD.

Richard Solomons

Richard Solomons – Chief Executive Officer

Appointed to the Board: 10 February 2003; became Chief Executive Officer in July 2011

Committee Membership: Corporate Responsibility Committee

Skills and Experience: During his tenure as Chief Executive Officer, Richard has led the continued growth of IHG, including the launch of our two newest brands, HUALUXE Hotels and Resorts and EVEN Hotels. He has also overseen the recent relaunch of IHG's loyalty programme as IHG Rewards Club. Before being appointed Chief Executive Officer, Richard served as Chief Financial Officer and Head of Commercial Development at IHG. Richard was integral in shaping and implementing IHG's asset-light strategy, which has helped the business grow significantly since it was formed in 2003 as well as supporting the return of £10.3 billion to shareholders. In 2008, he also served as Interim President of our Americas business.

Board Contribution: Richard is responsible for the executive management of the Group and ensuring the implementation of Board strategy and policy.

Paul Edgecliffe-Johnson

Paul Edgecliffe-Johnson – Chief Financial Officer

Appointed to the Board: 1 January 2014

Skills and Experience: Paul is a chartered accountant and a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. He was previously Chief Financial Officer of IHG's Europe and Asia, Middle East & Africa regions, a position he held since September 2011. He joined IHG in August 2004 and has held a number of senior level finance positions including Head of Investor Relations, Head of Global Corporate Finance and Financial Planning & Tax and Head of Hotel Development, Europe. Paul also acted as Interim Chief Executive Officer of the Europe, Middle East and Africa regions.

Board Contribution: Paul is responsible, together with the Board, for overseeing the financial operations of the Group and setting its financial strategy.

Kirk Kinsell

Kirk Kinsell – President, The Americas

Appointed to the Board: 1 August 2010; became President, The Americas in June 2011

Skills and Experience: Kirk has 30 years' experience in the hospitality industry, including senior franchise positions with Holiday Inn Corporation and ITT Sheraton. He joined the Group in 2002 as Senior Vice President, Chief Development Officer for The Americas region. He became an Executive Committee member in September 2007 and was previously President, Europe, Middle East and Africa until June 2011.

Board Contribution: Kirk has vast experience in the hospitality industry and is responsible for the business development and performance of all the hotel brands and properties in The Americas region.

Tracy Robbins

Tracy Robbins – Executive Vice President, Human Resources and Group Operations Support

Appointed to the Board: 9 August 2011

Skills and Experience: Tracy has over 28 years' experience in human resources roles in service industries. She joined the Group in December 2005 from Compass Group PLC, a world-leading food service company, where she was Group Human Resources Leadership & Development Director. Previously Group HR Director for Forte Group plc, a hotel company. She also spent seven years at Tesco PLC as a Retail Human Resources Manager where she implemented a culture change and restructuring strategy across 150 stores.

Board Contribution: Tracy has many years of experience in human resources and is responsible for global talent management, leadership development, employee reward strategy and implementation, organisational capability and operations support.

Ian Dyson

Ian Dyson – Non-Executive Director

Appointed to the Board: 1 September 2013

Committee Membership: Audit, Nomination and Remuneration Committee

Skills and Experience: Ian has held a number of senior executive and finance roles including Group Finance & Operations Director for Marks & Spencer Group plc for 5 years from 2005 to 2010, where he oversaw significant changes in the business. In addition, Ian was Chief Executive Officer of Punch Taverns plc, Finance Director for the Rank Group, and Group Financial Controller and Finance Director for the hotels division of Hilton Hotels & Resorts.

Board Contribution: Ian has gained significant experience from working in various senior finance roles predominantly in the hospitality sector.

Other Appointments: Currently a Non-Executive Director of Punch Taverns plc, a Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Betfair Group plc and Senior Independent Non-Executive Director of ASOS plc.

Jennifer Laing

Jennifer Laing – Non-Executive Director

Appointed to the Board: 25 August 2005

Committee Membership: Audit, Corporate Responsibility and Nomination Committee

Skills and Experience: Jennifer was Associate Dean, External Relations at London Business School, until 2007. A fellow of the Marketing Society and of the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising, she has over 30 years' experience in advertising including 16 years with Saatchi & Saatchi where she rose to Chairman of the London office and subsequently Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi North America.

Board Contribution: Jennifer has over 30 years' experience in marketing and advertising and is Chairman of the Corporate Responsibility Committee, responsible for the Corporate Responsibility objectives and strategy.

Other Appointments: Currently a Non-Executive Director of Hudson Global, Inc., a US human resources company and Premier Foods plc, a branded food producer.

Jonathan S. Linen

Jonathan Linen – Non-Executive Director

Appointed to the Board: 1 December 2005

Committee Membership: Nomination and Remuneration Committee

Skills and Experience: Jonathan was formerly Vice Chairman of the American Express Company, having held a range of senior positions throughout his career of over 35 years with American Express.

Board Contribution: Jonathan has over 25 years' experience working in the financial and branded sectors and is a member of the Remuneration Committee.

Other Appointments: Currently a Non-Executive Director of Yum! Brands, Inc. and Modern Bank, N.A., a US private banking company. Jonathan also serves on a number of US councils and advisory boards.

Luke Mayhew

Luke Mayhew – Non-Executive Director

Appointed to the Board: 1 July 2011

Committee Membership: Corporate Responsibility, Nomination and Remuneration Committee

Skills and Experience: Luke served for 12 years on the Board of John Lewis Partnership, including as Managing Director of the Department Store division. Luke also spent five years at British Airways Plc and seven years at Thomas Cook Group PLC in senior positions. He was also a Non-Executive Director of WHSmith PLC and Chairman of Pets at Home Group Limited.

Board Contribution: Luke has over 30 years' experience in senior roles in the branded sector and was Remuneration Committee Chairman at Brambles Limited from 2006 to 2013. As Chairman of the IHG Remuneration Committee he is responsible for setting the remuneration policy.

Other Appointments: Currently a Non-Executive Director of Brambles Limited, a global provider of supply chain and information management solutions, and trustee of BBC Children in Need.

Jill McDonald

Jill McDonald – Non-Executive Director

Appointed to the Board: 1 June 2013

Committee Membership: Audit and Nomination Committee

Skills and Experience: Jill started her career at Colgate-Palmolive, spent 16 years with British Airways Plc and held a number of senior marketing positions in the UK and overseas.

Board Contribution: Jill has over 26 years' experience working with high-profile international consumer facing brands at both marketing and operational level.

Other Appointments: Currently Chief Executive Officer UK and President for the North West Europe Division for McDonald's. Prior to that Jill was Chief Executive Officer UK and President for the Northern Division (2010 to 2013) and previously Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer UK and Northern Division (2006 to 2010).

Dale Morrison

Dale Morrison – Non-Executive Director

Appointed to the Board: 1 June 2011

Committee Membership: Audit, Corporate Responsibility and Nomination Committee

Skills and Experience: Dale is a founding partner of TriPointe Capital Partners, a private equity firm. Dale was previously President and Chief Executive Officer of McCain Foods Limited and President and Chief Executive Officer of Campbell Soup Company.

Board Contribution: Dale has over 10 years' experience in sales and marketing positions, and over 25 years' experience in general management, having held senior positions in the branded foods sector.

Other Appointments: Currently a Non-Executive Director of International Flavors & Fragrances Inc., a producer of flavours and fragrances, and Chairman of Findus Group, a frozen food company.

Ying Yeh

Ying Yeh – Non-Executive Director

Appointed to the Board: 1 December 2007

Committee Membership: Corporate Responsibility, Nomination and Remuneration Committee

Skills and Experience: Ying was formerly 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. She was, for 15 years, a diplomat with the US Foreign Service in Hong Kong and Beijing until 1997.

Board Contribution: Ying has over 20 years' experience gained from working in senior positions in global organisations across a broad range of sectors.

Other Appointments: Currently a Non-Executive Director of AB Volvo, a transportation related products and services company, ABB Ltd, a global leader in power and automation technologies, and Samsonite International S.A., a travel luggage company.

Last updated 24 June 2014

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