ATLANTA-Stevan Porter, president of InterContinental Hotels Group PLC’s Americas region and a main board director, died Aug. 7 after a brief illness in Los Angeles. He was 53.

“Steve Porter served as a director of IHG with great distinction. He was an outstanding executive and a passionate supporter of the company,” says David Webster, the hotel company’s chairman in a statement. “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.”

Last month, the company announced that Porter had relinquished his responsibilities due to medical reasons. At that time, Richard Solomons, IHG finance director, took over Porter’s duties on an interim basis. In a conference call held today, a company spokesperson said that IHG would look both inside and outside the company for a replacement. In compliance with the family’s wishes, details about Porter’s illness were not released. The spokesperson further stated that the company intends to proceed with its Americas Investors & Leadership Conference scheduled for Sept. 23 through Sept. 26 in Los Angeles.

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