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Richard Solomons

Richard Solomons – Chief Executive Officer

Appointed to the Board: 10 February 2003

Skills and experience: 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 more than $12 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.

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 and 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 region (prior to the reconfiguration of our operating 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

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 Officer, Greater China until May 2013. Keith is currently a member of The 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.

Angela Brav

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 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 Officer, Europe in August 2011.

Key responsibilities: These include business development and performance of all the hotel brands and properties in Europe.

Yasmin Diamond

Yasmin Diamond – Executive Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs

Appointed to the Executive Committee: April 2016 (Joined the Group: 2012)

Skills and experience: Before joining IHG in April 2012, Yasmin was Director of Communications at the Home Office, where she advised the Home Secretary, Ministers and senior officials on the strategic development and daily management of all the Home Office's external and internal communications. She was previously Director of Communications at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; Head of Communications for Welfare to Work and New Deal and Head of Marketing at the Department for Education and Skills.

Key responsibilities: Yasmin is responsible for all global communications activity, ensuring that it supports and enables IHG's broader strategic priorities. This includes all external and internal activity, covering both corporate and brand communications, as well as leading key public affairs work.

Federico Lalatta Costerbosa

Federico Lalatta Costerbosa – Executive Vice President, Global Strategy and Corporate Development

Appointed to the Executive Committee: April 2016 (Joined the Group: 2014)

Skills and experience: Federico joined IHG in 2014 as Head of Global Strategy and Corporate Development. Prior to IHG, Federico worked for 20 years at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) where since 2004 he was Partner and Managing Director, focused on the Consumer Practice and active across the retail, consumer & luxury goods and travel & tourism sectors. Among other responsibilities, Federico was part of BCG's global leadership teams for Retail and for Social Impact. Before joining BCG Federico had developed his own business, offering high-end art-related travel services in Italy.

Key responsibilities: These include shaping and overseeing the execution of corporate strategy, exploring global business development opportunities, enhancing our owner proposition, delivering IHG's major transformation programmes

Elie Maalouf

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 14 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.

Kenneth  Macpherson

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 Officer, Greater China in April 2013. Prior to joining the Group, he worked for Diageo plc for nearly 20 years and 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.

Eric Pearson

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.

Jan Smits

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 more than 30 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 Officer, Asia, Middle East and Africa in April 2011.

Key responsibilities: These include business development and performance of all the hotel brands and properties in Asia, Middle East and Africa.

George Turner

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 PLC, where he held a number of key positions including Deputy Company Secretary and Senior Legal Counsel.

Key responsibilities: These include corporate governance, risk management, insurance, regulatory, internal audit, legal, corporate responsibility, public affairs and hotel standards.

Last updated 13 July 2016

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