August 08, 2008 // Franchising.com // IHG announced on 14 July that Steve Porter, President of IHG's Americas region, had relinquished his responsibilities due to medical reasons. IHG is now saddened to announce that Mr Porter passed away in Los Angeles, California, on 7 August, following a short illness, aged 53.
David Webster, Chairman, InterContinental Hotels Group plc, said:
"Steve Porter served as a Director of IHG with great distinction. He was an outstanding executive and a passionate supporter of the company. Steve commanded the fullest respect and affection of everyone in our industry. We are deeply saddened by his death and our sympathies are with his family."
As previously stated, IHG Finance Director, Richard Solomons, has been appointed President of the Americas region on an interim basis, in addition to his existing duties.
Stevan Porter (aged 53) - President, Americas Region, IHG
Stevan Porter was responsible for the group's Americas region. He joined the group in 2001 and was appointed to the Board in 2003. A 32-year veteran of the hospitality industry and graduate of Miami University (Ohio), he received his Master of Business Administration degree from Xavier University.
He began his career in the hospitality industry in 1976 with Stouffer Hotels. From 1990 to 2001, he worked for Hilton Hotels Corporation in a number of senior management roles.
He was a member of the Board of Directors for the IAHI Owner's Association and was a member and past Chairman of the Business Advisory Council for the Richard T. Farmer School of Business at Miami University (Ohio).
Stevan was immediate past Chairman of the American Hotel & Lodging Association Government Affairs Committee, Chairman of the Discover America Partnership, and Vice Chairman of the Travel Business Roundtable.
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