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Accor hires new finance chief to support Middle East expansion plan

CFO Johny Zakhem will play a pivotal role in guiding the strategic direction of the Accor's regional growth plans

Accor hires new finance chief to support Middle East expansion plan
French hotel giant Accor has appointed a new chief financial officer for the Middle East & Africa.

French hotel giant Accor has appointed a new chief financial officer (CFO) for the Middle East & Africa to support its ambitious regional growth strategy.

The hospitality major has hired Johny Zakhem, who has held senior finance and business support roles across Africa, the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East, India and Asia Pacific.

Accor said Zakhem will play a pivotal role in guiding the strategic direction of the group’s regional growth plans, ensuring that its financial framework and culture effectively support all planning and development objectives.

Based in Dubai, he will be part of the Accor Middle East & Africa leadership team, reporting to CEO Mark Willis.

“Johny joins at a critical time as Accor accelerates its MEA expansion, consolidating its position as the region’s leading travel and lifestyle brand and a partner of choice for investors and stakeholders,” said Willis.

“Given his hospitality finance expertise and vast experience working in several progressive operational roles, Johny is a real asset to our management team and crucial to ensuring our financial structure supports our growth plans, maximises efficiencies and benefits current and potential owners.”

Before joining Accor, Zakhem spent the majority of his career with InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG).

Prior to this, he spent several years in China where he provided finance and business support for over 300 properties.

“This is a very exciting time for Accor as it accelerates its regional presence. This calls for strategic vision, encompassing and aligning many facets of the business, and I am confident my experience in operations and managing finance, technology and talent, will help Accor to realise its ambitions in the Middle East and Africa,” said Zakhem.

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