InterContinental Hotels Group PLC (IHG) 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 2002, an Executive Board member since 2010 and currently President, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), will assume his new responsibilities with immediate effect, 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 pending the appointment of a long term successor.

Richard Solomons, incoming Chief Executive and currently CFO and Head of Commercial Development of InterContinental Hotels Group PLC, said:

“We thank Jim for his substantial contribution since joining IHG and wish him every success with his future career.  It is testament to our strong management capability and succession planning that we are able to appoint a highly respected executive to succeed him. Having held a number of senior leadership roles in the Americas region before taking up his current position in EMEA, Kirk knows the region, the team, the owner community and the business inside out. He has done an outstanding job leading our EMEA region and I look forward to him continuing this success in the Americas.

In Paul we have an experienced executive who will take over the reins on an interim basis. He knows the business extremely well and will ensure continuity 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 taking up my current role and over seven years leading the Holiday Inn franchise business in the US, I am looking forward to working with the team, taking the region to the next stage.”