Taylor joins the group, which owns Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza hotel brands, from Q Hotels, where he was sales director.
His remit in the newly-created IHG role will see him promote Holiday Inn’s 57 managed estate hotels to the meetings and conferences market.
He said: "I feel that IHG has really embraced the meetings and conference sector - I can’t wait to make my mark. As a company that sells bedrooms very well, it is now my priority to convert this market position into one that is equally attractive to customers as a place to meet and do business, and not just as a base while they do business elsewhere.
"Through feeding into our sales, marketing and PR channels we have a huge opportunity to really enhance the value of our meetings and events offer. We have a very strong product of which we are rightly proud."