Eric Pearson was appointed as Chief Commercial and Technology Officer in October 2017 and is responsible for global sales, distribution, revenue management, property systems, digital and voice, and technology.
Prior to this appointment, Eric served as IHG’s Chief Information Officer from 2012 and was responsible for global technology, including IT systems and information management.
Eric joined IHG in 1997, and has held roles of increasing responsibility throughout his tenure. As Chief Marketing Officer for IHG’s Americas region, Eric was accountable for all sales and marketing activities across brands, driving top-line revenue into more than 3,300 hotels. In addition to these responsibilities, Eric became interim Head of Global Brands in July 2011.
Eric has also served as Senior Vice President, Distribution Marketing, where he was responsible for overseeing IHG's worldwide channels, including reservation centres, e-commerce, third party intermediaries, global revenue management, and channel marketing. Under his leadership, IHG launched several industry firsts including the Best Price Rate Guarantee, web language support for 12 languages, including Japanese and Chinese, with full booking and loyalty programme integration. Eric also led the launch of the first wireless services products, enabling researching and booking capability on mobile devices and platforms.
Eric joined IHG as Senior Director, Emerging Technologies. He later served as SVP, E-commerce, and was responsible for strategy and development of all branded websites and affiliates worldwide.
Before joining IHG, Eric worked for The Walt Disney Company, IBM and NASA in different management and technical capacities. He holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Central Florida.
Eric is a past recipient of Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International's top 25 Extraordinary Minds in Hospitality and Travel Sales & Marketing, and has been an industry spokesperson for a variety of travel topics.