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Paul Edgecliffe-Johnson, IHG

Paul Edgecliffe-Johnson, Chief Financial Officer IHG.

Paul Edgecliffe-Johnson is IHG's Chief Financial Officer and is also responsible for Group Strategy.

Leading the Global Finance organisation for the Group since January 2014, Paul is responsible for corporate and regional finance, Group financial control, investor relations, tax, treasury, commercial development and procurement. Since April 2019, Paul has also been responsible for Group Strategy, overseeing all planning, efficiency, business process automation and continuous improvement.

He was previously Chief Financial Officer of IHG's Europe and Asia, Middle East & Africa regions, a position he held since September 2011. He was also a member of the Regional Operating Committees in both regions.

Paul joined IHG in August 2004 and has held a number of senior level finance positions including Head of Investor Relations, Head of Global Corporate Finance, Financial Planning & Tax and Chief Financial Officer, Europe, Middle East & Africa and Head of Hotel Development, Europe. He also acted as Interim CEO of Europe, Middle East and Africa.

He joined IHG from PricewaterhouseCoopers where he was Senior Manager for Private Equity Tax Structuring. He previously spent 7 years working within Corporate Finance at HSBC Investment Bank. Whilst at HSBC, he advised a wide range of multinational companies on equity and debt fund raisings, mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures.

Paul has a law degree from the University of Southampton; he is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and is a member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers. He is currently a Non-Executive Director of Thomas Cook Group plc.