- President - The Americas, InterContinental Hotel Group
Kirk was appointed President, The Americas in June 2011, he is responsible for the management, growth, and profitability of the company's largest operating region, spanning the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean.
He was previously President, Europe, Middle East & Africa, from September 2007 to June 2011.Prior to this role he was Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer, IHG, The Americas, where he was responsible for unit growth across all brands and franchise, management contracts and real estate development activities sponsored on behalf of the company.
In 2003, Kirk co-led the launch of Hotel Indigo for the Group.
In 1995 and 1996, Kirk served as President of the franchise division at ITT Sheraton, where he led the creation of the Four Points Hotels concept. In 1997, Kirk became president and COO of Avado Brands Inc., which during his tenure operated more than 220 high-growth branded restaurants. More recently, Kirk served as president and CEO of Micell Technologies Inc. Under Kirk's leadership, Micell Technologies was recognized as the 2001 Entrepreneurial Company of the Year for North Carolina.
From 1988 to 1995 Kirk served as Senior Vice President of franchise for Holiday Inn Worldwide, a predecessor of IHG. In that capacity, he led the launch of Holiday Inn Express.
Kirk was chosen as the recipient of the 2011 MMH Outstanding Alumnus of the Year Award, presented by the Master of Management in Hospitality (MMH) program at the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration.
Kirk holds a master's in professional studies degree from the School of Hotel Administration, Cornell University, and a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of California, San Diego, he also completed the Senior Executive Program at the London Business School.