Hotel giant Accor appoints new boss to drive GCC growth

AccorHotels announces the appointment of Dubai-based Mark Willis as CEO for the Middle East and Africa
Hotel giant Accor appoints new boss to drive GCC growth
By Sam Bridge
Tue 11 Sep 2018 01:55 PM

AccorHotels on Tuesday announced the appointment of Mark Willis as CEO for the Middle East and Africa.

Based in Dubai, Willis will be responsible for overseeing a combined network of close to 400 hotels in operation and pipeline across the region.

Willis will be tasked with driving operational excellence through top line performance, quality and guest satisfaction as well as fueling the region’s growth by nurturing a talent pool to reach 50,000 employees by 2021, a statement said.

“Mark's guest centric approach combined with a deep understanding of the Middle East and Africa will be invaluable as we continue delivering cherished experiences for our guests and demonstrable returns for our valued partners,” said Chris Cahill, deputy CEO, AccorHotels.

Willis joins the group at a time when the Middle East and Africa region has experienced significant growth, opening on average two hotels every month.

AccorHotels has also grown its economy and midscale portfolio of hotels, reinforced its luxury presence in the region and has debuted lifestyle brands in the Middle East for the very first time, with projects including Mama Shelter, 25H Hotels and SO/. 

Willis was previously president for the Asia region with Movenpick Hotels & Resorts and has also held a number of senior leadership roles within the Radisson Hotel Group.

He replaces Olivier Granet who is embarking on a new project to drive sustainable development in Africa with AccorHotels.

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Last Updated: Tue 11 Sep 2018 01:57 PM GST

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