Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Americas
Michael Torres is Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Americas, based in Atlanta, Georgia.
In this role, Michael is responsible for providing strategic counsel that protects and enhances the reputation of IHG® and its family of brands for the region. As the senior communications leader, Michael oversees internal and external communications, including employee, crisis/issues management, corporate and marketing communications, strategic communications and media relations.
Michael joined IHG from PepsiCo where, as Senior Director of global corporate communications, he provided strategic internal and external corporate and executive communications as well as reputation risk/issues management counsel for PepsiCo's Global R&D Division. Michael's role as the Chief Communications Officer for the division included the development and execution of the first global R&D communications plan. Michael also served as Senior Director for Tropicana and Naked Emerging Brands Group.
Before joining PepsiCo, Michael held several leadership positions at Anheuser-Busch and AB InBev, the world's largest brewer. He initially oversaw communications for Anheuser-Busch's international subsidiary and then was promoted to direct the company's North America Brand/Sports and Entertainment Marketing Communications teams before leading global external communications for AB InBev. Michael began his career in the public affairs practice at Fleishman-Hillard.
Michael is an alumnus of the Coro Foundation. A native of Los Angeles, Michael holds a bachelor`s degree in sociology from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and is an alumnus of Anheuser-Busch`s Leadership Development program, the AB InBev/Stanford University Graduate School of Business Advanced Marketing Executive Program and the AFL-CIO Organizing Institute.