S. Kirk Kinsell

Principal, Panther Ridge Partners, LLC.

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Kirk Kinsell is Principal for Panther Ridge Partners, a private investment and advisory group. Prior to founding Panther Ridge Partners, he was President and CEO for Loews Hotels and before that he spent 19 years with InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), holding several leadership positions including President, Americas and President, Europe, Middle East, and Africa. He also served as an executive director for IHG, PLC.

Currently, Kirk serves on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Aquarium and is a Board Advisor to Emadri and HP Hotels, and is Vice-Chair and Trustee for the AH&LA Educational Foundation.  He previously he served on the boards of Sonic Corporation and Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc.

Kirk holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the University of California, San Diego, and a Master of Professional Studies degree from the Cornell University, School of Hotel Administration (SHA).  He also completed the Senior Executive Program at the London Business School.