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Ask The Executive: An Interview with Jeff Dato of InterContinental Hotels Group

Written by  Robbie Atabaigi, MBCI, MBCP, CISA

Jeff Dato is the head of regional risk and reputation (Americas) for InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG). Dato has been an active member in the business continuity industry for nearly three decades. He has authored numerous articles, is a mentor, and is highly sought after for his views on both the current state and future state of the BCM industry. Atabaigi: What are some of the significant events or milestones you believe have defined the BCM industry? Dato: In the mid-1980’s, Bank Circular 177, a banking regulation mandated by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), was the first time nationally-chartered banks were required to address data center technical recovery. It was then amended, over time, to include many aspects of business recovery/resumption planning. Globally, the Turnbull Guidelines were establishing similar guidelines for Europe, requiring all publicly-listed entities to develop enterprise-wide contingency planning programs. Keep in mind that, back then,