Accor appoints regional COO for Center East, Turkey and Africa

EMEA: Accor has appointed Paul Stevens as COO for the Center East, Turkey and Africa, taking accountability for the group’s premium, midscale and economic system division within the area. 

The appointment follows a restructure at Accor, which noticed the group cut up into two separate divisions for luxurious and non-luxury.

In his new function, Stevens will oversee a portfolio of over 2 hundred inns, comprising 52,000 keys throughout eleven manufacturers. His duties embody new lodge developments and the conceptualisation and execution of operational and business methods.

All through 2023, 18 inns (4,259 keys) are scheduled to open within the area. These will embody Mercure Dubai Deira, Novotel Kinshasa La Gombe within the Democratic Republic of Congo, Swissotel Bursa Uludag Mountain in Turkey, Movenpick Waad Al Shamal Turaif and Novotel Makkah Thakher Metropolis Residence in Saudi Arabia.

Stevens’ remit will embody Accor manufacturers equivalent to Swissôtel, Pullman, Mövenpick, Novotel, ibis, ibis finances, ibis kinds, Adagio, Grand Mercure, and Mövenpick and Novotel Suites. He may even be tasked with constructing and sustaining relationships with enterprise companions, bettering monetary efficiency and sustaining ranges of name requirements.

Talking about his appointment, Stevens stated: “That is an thrilling time to be heading up operations for the premium, midscale and economic system division within the area, with nations like Saudi Arabia opening as much as tourism, and the Center East and Africa turning into a vastly widespread vacation spot for each enterprise and leisure journey.”

Having first joined Accor in 1997, Stevens has held quite a lot of roles throughout the group. In 2007 he was primarily based out of the Bangkok workplace and got here to carry the place of VP operations for midscale and economic system manufacturers in southeast Asia. Most lately, Stevens served as CEO of Accor’s loyalty program.

Stevens added: “Being on this function for Accor looks like a really pure development after so a few years with the model. I’ve grown a lot over my a long time with the Group and for me to have reached this level in my profession beneath the Accor model is one thing that after I first joined again within the Nineteen Nineties, appeared like a distant objective. I’m extraordinarily proud to have this honour and accountability.”

Duncan O’Rourke, Accor’s CEO of premium, midscale and economic system manufacturers throughout the Center East, Africa, Turkey and Asia Pacific, stated: “I’m delighted to welcome Paul to his new function. Together with his in depth information and confirmed experience, together with senior administration positions in international manufacturers, and a observe file which has proven him actually climb the Accor ladder, Paul is the right match to guide the area. A loyal Accor workforce member, we belief Paul’s dedication and imaginative and prescient as he takes over this necessary new function in a essential area for the model because it continues to develop.”