As Chief Operating Officer, Stephen McCall is responsible for operations and performance support across IHG's managed and franchised hotels in Europe. He is also responsible for our European Food & Beverage strategy, acts as Chair of IHG's Global Operations Council and is a Board member of the British Hospitality Association. Stephen also sits on the UK Tourism Industry Council.
Stephen joined IHG in April 2000 and was most recently Managing Director, UK & Ireland with responsibility for our managed operations across IHG's mainstream brands. Previously he was divisional Chief Financial Officer for the Middle East and Africa region, based in Dubai, with additional responsibility for managed operations in the Northern Gulf region. Prior to moving to Dubai, Stephen was Senior Vice President and Head of Global Internal Audit, providing assurance over the management of business risk across the Group.
Stephen also has experience in fund management, working with Baring Asset Management on the Alchemy Investment Plan. He started his career in the hotel industry with UK hospitality group Stakis Plc after graduating from the University of Dundee with honours in accountancy and business finance. He is professionally qualified as a chartered management accountant and lives in London with his wife and two children.