13 June 2011 - InterContinental Hotels Group PLC (IHG) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] announces that Mr Kirk Kinsell is appointed President, the Americas, succeeding current President and Executive Director Mr Jim Abrahamson who is leaving the Group to take up the role of CEO of an independent US lodging company.
Mr Kirk Kinsell, a member of the senior leadership team of IHG since
Executive Board member since 2010 and currently President, Europe,
and Africa (EMEA), will assume his new responsibilities with immediate
reporting to incoming Chief Executive, Richard Solomons.
Paul Edgecliffe-Johnson, currently CFO of the EMEA region and Head of
Development for Europe will take over from Kirk on an interim basis
appointment of a long term successor.
Richard Solomons, incoming Chief Executive and currently CFO and Head
Commercial Development of InterContinental Hotels Group PLC, said:
“We thank Jim for his substantial contribution since joining IHG and
every success with his future career. It is testament to our
management capability and succession planning that we are able to
highly respected executive to succeed him. Having held a number of
leadership roles in the Americas region before taking up his current
in EMEA, Kirk knows the region, the team, the owner community and the
inside out. He has done an outstanding job leading our EMEA region and
forward to him continuing this success in the Americas.
In Paul we have an experienced executive who will take over the reins
interim basis. He knows the business extremely well and will ensure
as we continue to build momentum across the EMEA region.”
Kirk Kinsell, President Europe, Middle East and Africa, said:
“Having spent five years heading the Americas development team before
my current role and over seven years leading the Holiday Inn franchise
in the US, I am looking forward to working with the team, taking the
the next stage.”
A member of the IHG Board and Executive Committee, Kirk is President,
Middle East and Africa. In his role, he has responsibility for 700
consisting of over 121,000 rooms and operating under six IHG brands as
franchised, managed and owned properties.
Before taking up this position on 1 September 2007, he was Senior Vice
President and Chief Development Officer for IHG in the Americas,
for unit growth across all brands and franchise, management contracts
estate development activities sponsored on behalf of the company. In
co-led the launch of Hotel Indigo.
In 1995 and 1996, Kirk served as President of the Franchise Division at
Sheraton, where he led the creation of the Four Points Hotels concept.
In 1997, Kirk became President and COO of Avado Brands Inc., which
tenure operated more than 220 high-growth branded restaurants. More
Kirk served as President and CEO of Micell Technologies Inc. Under
leadership, Micell Technologies was recognised as the 2001
Company of the Year for North Carolina.
From 1988 to 1995 Kirk served as Senior Vice President of Franchise for
Inn Worldwide, a predecessor of InterContinental Hotels Group. In that
he led the launch of Holiday Inn Express.
Kirk, 56, holds a Master's of Professional Studies degree from the
Hotel Administration, Cornell University, and a Bachelor's Degree in
from the University of California, San Diego. Additionally, he
Senior Executive Programme at London Business School.
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is a
company operating seven well-known hotel brands including
Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo®, Crowne Plaza® Hotels &
Holiday Inn® Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®,
Staybridge Suites® and
Candlewood Suites®. IHG also manages Priority Club®
Rewards, the world’s
first and largest hotel loyalty programme with 58 million members
IHG is the world’s largest hotel group by number of rooms and IHG
leases, manages or owns, through various subsidiaries, a portfolio of
4,400 hotels and more than 652,000 guest rooms in 100 countries and
around the world.
IHG has more than 1,200 hotels in its development pipeline and expects
recruit around 160,000 people worldwide over the next few years.
InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the Group’s holding company and is
incorporated in Great Britain and registered in England and Wales.
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