Richard Solomons – Chief Executive Officer
Appointed to the Board: 10 February 2003
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 and IHG's acquisition of Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants. Before being appointed Chief Executive Officer, Richard served as Chief Financial Officer and Head of Commercial Development. 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 $10.4 billion to shareholders. In 2008, he served as Interim President of our Americas region. Richard is a member of the Industry Real Estate Financing Advisory Council and a Governor of the Aviation and Travel Industry Group of the World Economic Forum.
Key Responsibilities: These include executive management of the Group and ensuring the implementation of Board strategy and policy.
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.
Key Responsibilities: Paul is responsible, together with the Board, for overseeing the financial operations of the Group and setting its financial strategy.
Keith Barr – Chief Commercial Officer
Appointed to the Executive Committee: April 2011 (Joined the Group: 2000)
Skills and Experience: Keith has over 20 years' experience in the hospitality industry. He has held senior appointments at IHG including Vice President of Sales and Revenue Management, Vice President of Operations, Chief Operating Officer, Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific, and Managing Director, Greater China. He became an Executive Committee member in April 2011 and prior to becoming Chief Commercial Officer, was Chief Executive, Greater China until May 2013. Keith is currently a member of Leland C. and Mary M. Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship Advisory Board.
Key Responsibilities: These include global sales, marketing and brand functions, to drive consistent brand strategies across all regions and leverage IHG’s scale and systems to deliver continued industry outperformance.
Eric Pearson – Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Appointed to the Executive Committee: February 2012 (Joined the Group: 1997)
Skills and Experience: Eric has a background in engineering and technology and started his career at IHG nearly 20 years ago. Since then he has held various senior positions in the field of emerging technologies and global e-commerce. Prior to being appointed Chief Information Officer, Eric most recently held the position of Chief Marketing Officer for The Americas region.
Key Responsibilities: These include global technology, including IT systems and information management, throughout the Group.
Elie Maalouf – Chief Executive Officer, The Americas
Appointed to the Executive Committee: February 2015
Skills and Experience: Elie was appointed Chief Executive Officer, The Americas at IHG in February 2015, with over 15 years' experience working in a major global franchise business. He joined the Group having spent six years as President and Chief Executive Officer of HMSHost Corporation, a global travel and leisure company, where he was also a member of the Board of Directors. Elie brings broad experience to IHG spanning development, branding, finance, real estate and operations management, as well as highly relevant food and beverage expertise. He was most recently a Senior Advisor with McKinsey & Company.
Key Responsibilities: These include business development and performance of all the hotel brands and properties in The Americas region.
Angela Brav – Chief Executive, Europe
Appointed to the Executive Committee: August 2011 (Joined the Group: 1988)
Skills and Experience: Angela has over 25 years' experience in the hospitality industry, including hotel operations, franchise relations and technology solutions. She has held various senior roles in IHG's North American and European regions prior to becoming Chief Operating Officer, North America. She was appointed Chief Executive, Europe in August 2011.
Key Responsibilities: These include business development and performance of all the hotel brands and properties in Europe.
Jan Smits – Chief Executive, Asia, Middle East and Africa
Appointed to the Executive Committee: August 2011 (Joined the Group: 2002)2
Skills and Experience: Jan has 33 years' experience in the hospitality industry. He held various senior positions in the Asia and Australasia region. He became Managing Director, Asia Australasia in June 2009. Following the amalgamation of our Middle East and Africa region with our Asia Australasia region, he became Chief Executive, Asia, Middle East and Africa in August 2011.
Key Responsibilities: These include business development and performance of all the hotel brands and properties in Asia, Middle East and Africa.
Kenneth Macpherson – Chief Executive, Greater China
Appointed to the Executive Committee: April 2013 (Joined the Group: 2013)
Skills and Experience: Kenneth joined IHG as Chief Executive, Greater China in April 2013. Prior to joining the Group, he worked for Diageo plc, one of the UK's leading branded companies, for over 19 years and has held senior management positions including serving as Executive Managing Director of Diageo Greater China. Kenneth has extensive management experience, with a background in sales, marketing strategy, business development, and operations. Kenneth also brings substantial knowledge and expertise in Chinese and international business operations.
Key Responsibilities: These include business development and performance of all the hotel brands and properties in the Greater China region.
George Turner – Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Company Secretary
Appointed to the Executive Committee: January 2009 (Joined the Group: 2008)
Skills and Experience: George is a solicitor and qualified to private practice in 1995. Prior to joining the Group, George spent over 10 years with Imperial Chemical Industries where he held a number of key positions including Deputy Company Secretary. He was appointed Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Company Secretary in January 2009.
Key Responsibilities: These include corporate governance, risk management, insurance, regulatory, internal audit, legal, corporate responsibility, public affairs and standards.
Last updated 22 April 2015