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The Board, senior management and their responsibilities

The Board and Executive Committee

The Board of Directors and other members of the Executive Committee together comprise the IHG Senior Leadership Team.

While the Directors have certain specific legal and regulatory duties and responsibilities, they work with and rely on the detailed knowledge and experience of all the Executive Committee members to secure the effective running of the business.

 

The Board of Directors

David Webster

Non-Executive Chairman*

Appointed Deputy Chairman and Senior Independent Director of InterContinental Hotels Group on the separation of Six Continents PLC in April 2003. Appointed Non-Executive Chairman on 1 January 2004. He is also Non-Executive Chairman of Makinson Cowell Limited, a capital markets advisory firm. He was formerly Chairman of Safeway plc and a Non-Executive Director of Reed Elsevier PLC. Chairman of the Nomination Committee. Age 62.

Andrew Cosslett

Chief Executive†

Appointed Chief Executive in February 2005. He joined the Group from Cadbury Schweppes plc where he was most recently President, Europe, Middle East & Africa. During his career at Cadbury Schweppes he held a variety of senior regional management and marketing roles in the UK and Asia Pacific. He also has over 11 years’ experience in brand marketing with Unilever. He is Non-Executive Chairman of Duchy Originals Limited. Age 51.

Richard Solomons

Finance Director†

Qualified as a chartered accountant in 1985, followed by seven years in investment banking, based in London and New York. He joined the Group in 1992 and held a variety of senior finance and operational roles. Appointed Finance Director of the Hotels business in October 2002 in anticipation of the separation of Six Continents PLC in April 2003. Responsible for corporate and regional finance, Group financial control, asset management, strategy and corporate development, investor relations, tax and treasury. Age 45.

Richard Hartman

President, EMEA†

Has over 40 years’ experience in the hotel industry including 30 years with Sheraton. He joined the Group in 1999 as Managing Director, Asia Pacific. Subsequently, as Managing Director, Europe, Middle East and Africa, he was appointed an Executive Director in April 2003. Responsible for the business development and performance of all the Hotel brands and properties in the EMEA region. He will retire from the Group in September 2007. Australian citizen. Age 61.

Stevan Porter

President, The Americas†

Previously 13 years with Hilton Corporation in a variety of senior management positions. He joined the Group in 2001 as Chief Operating Officer, The Americas. Subsequently, as President, The Americas, he was appointed an Executive Director in April 2003. Responsible for the business development and performance of all the Hotel brands and properties in The Americas region. Additionally, he has responsibility for the development and deployment of best practice in franchising, globally. US citizen. Age 52.

David Kappler

Senior Independent Non-Executive Director#

Appointed a Director and Senior Independent Director in June 2004. He is Non-Executive Chairman of Premier Foods plc and a Non-Executive Director of Shire plc. A qualified accountant and formerly Chief Financial Officer of Cadbury Schweppes plc until April 2004, he also served as a Non-Executive Director of Camelot Group plc. Chairman of the Audit Committee. Age 59.

Ralph Kugler

Non-Executive Director•

Appointed a Director in April 2003, he is President, Unilever Home and Personal Care, and joined the Boards of Unilever plc and Unilever NV in May 2005. He has held a variety of senior positions globally for Unilever and has experience of regional management in Asia, Latin America and Europe, with over 25 years’ experience of general management and brand marketing. Age 50.

Jennifer Laing

Non-Executive Director•

Appointed a Director in August 2005, she is Associate Dean, External Relations at London Business School. 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, to whom she sold her own agency. She also serves as a Non-Executive Director of Hudson Highland Group Inc., a US human resources company. Age 59.

Robert C Larson

Non-Executive Director‡

Appointed a Director in April 2003, he is a Managing Director of Lazard Alternative Investments LLC and Chairman of Lazard Real Estate Partners, LLC. He is also Chairman of Larson Realty Group and Non-Executive Chairman of United Dominion Realty Trust Inc. and Commonwealth Atlantic Properties Inc. He served as a Non-Executive Director of Six Continents PLC (formerly Bass PLC) from 1996 until April 2003. US citizen. Age 72.

Jonathan Linen

Non-Executive Director‡

Appointed a Director in December 2005, he was formerly Vice Chairman of the American Express Company, having held a range of senior positions including in New Product Development, Marketing and Sales and Travel Services throughout his career of over 35 years with American Express. A management development graduate of Harvard Business School, he also serves on the Board and Executive Committees of a number of US companies and Councils. US citizen. Age 63.

Sir David Prosser

Non-Executive Director#

Qualified actuary with over 40 years’ experience in financial services. Appointed a Director in April 2003, he was formerly Group Chief Executive of Legal & General Group Plc. He is a Non-Executive Director of Investec plc and of Investec Limited, a Director of the Royal Automobile Club Limited and of Epsom Downs Racecourse Limited. Chairman of the Remuneration Committee. Age 62.

 

Other members of the Executive Committee

Richard Winter

Executive Vice President, Corporate Services, General Counsel
and Company Secretary†§

Solicitor, qualified in 1973 with over 20 years’ commercial law experience in private practice. He joined the Group in 1994 as Director of Group Legal and was appointed Company Secretary in 2000. Now responsible for corporate governance, corporate social responsibility, risk management, insurance, internal audit, data privacy, company secretariat and Group legal matters. Age 57.

Tom Conophy

Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer†§

Has over 26 years’ experience in the IT industry, including management and development of new technology solutions within the travel and hospitality business. He joined the Group in February 2006 from Starwood Hotels & Resorts International where he held the position of Executive Vice President & Chief Technology Officer. Responsible for global technology, including IT systems and information management throughout the Group. US citizen. Age 46.

Peter Gowers

Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer†§

Has previous international experience in management consultancy, based in London and Singapore. He joined the Group in 1999 and was appointed Executive Vice President, Global Brand Services in January 2003. Appointed Chief Marketing Officer in 2005, he now has responsibility for worldwide brand management, reservations, e-commerce, global sales, relationship and distribution marketing and loyalty programmes. Age 34.

Patrick Imbardelli

President, Asia Pacific†§

Has over 25 years’ experience in the hotel industry including 12 years with Southern Pacific Hotels Corporation. He joined the Group in 2000 and was appointed Managing Director, Asia Pacific in January 2003. Responsible for the business development and performance of all the Hotel brands and properties in the Asia Pacific region. Italian citizen. Age 46.

Tracy Robbins

Executive Vice President, Global Human Resources†§

Has over 21 years’ experience in line and HR 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 Hotels Group. Responsible for global talent management and leadership development, reward strategy and implementation. Age 43.

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A Non-Executive Director and a member of the Nomination Committee
An independent Non-Executive Director and a member of the Audit and Nomination Committees
A member of the Executive Committee
An independent Non-Executive Director and a member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committees
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An independent Non-Executive Director and a member of the Audit, Remuneration and Nomination Committees
§
Not a main Board Director
*
A Non-Executive Director and a member of the Nomination Committee
An independent Non-Executive Director and a member of the Audit and Nomination Committees
A member of the Executive Committee
An independent Non-Executive Director and a member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committees
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An independent Non-Executive Director and a member of the Audit, Remuneration and Nomination Committees
§
Not a main Board Director

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