Biographies of Executive Committee Members
Chairman and CEO
Sébastien Bazin, 54, holds a master in Economics from the Sorbonne University of Paris and began his career in the finance sector in 1985 in the United States.
In 1997, he joined Colony Capital to install and develop from Paris the European branch of the private investment firm. Within 15 years, he managed and participated in a number of investments in the hotel sector, including the buyout of the luxury hotel chains Fairmont and Raffles, acquisition and Management of hotel assets from La Générale des Eaux, Club Méditerranée and AccorHotels, acquisition of a stake in Lucien Barrière Group, and investment in AccorHotels.
Member of AccorHotels' board since 2005, he was appointed as Chairman and CEO of the Group in August 2013.
Administrator of Théâtre du Châtelet since 2013, Sébastien Bazin took over the presidency of this board on March 26th, 2015. He is also Vice-Chairman of the supervisory board of the Gustave Roussy Foundation and member of the Board of Directors of GE since April 2016.
Deputy Chief Executive Officer & CEO HotelServices
Sven Boinet, 63, is a graduate of Ecole Centrale de Paris and from the University of Stanford, California. He started in the oil industry (at Schlumberger and Coflexip) and as a consultant for SRI International, before joining Accor between 1988 et 2003. He was later Chief Executive Officer for Groupe Lucien Barrière (2004-2009) and served as Chief Executive Officer for Groupe Pierre & Vacances (2009-2012).
Sven Boinet is Deputy Chief Executive Officer & CEO HotelServices Latin America and member of the Executive Committee since November 2013.
Since February 2016, he took the presidency of the board of the Alliance 46.2 which gathers 20 companies operating along the tourism value chain.
Chief Talent & Culture Officer
Arantxa Balson is Spanish and 50 years old. She has a degree in Educational Psychology from the Universidad de Comillas and an MBA from ICADE’s School of Management and Economic Sciences in Madrid. She also has a postgraduate diploma in Human Resources Management and Social Relations from Université Paris IX Dauphine.
Arantxa Balson started her career in 1994 at France Télécom where she was in charge of international training.
In 1998, she joined Lucent Technologies (now Alcatel-Lucent) where she held various positions including HR Director for Corporate Business (BCS) in Western Europe, then in Spain and Portugal, and HR Director for Lucent Worldwide Services EMEA, a position she combined with another role as HR support for the transformation of the Supply Chain and Corporate Centers in the region.
In 2004, she joined Endesa, the leading electricity utility in Spain and Latin America, as Director of Development and HR Innovation.
Ever since 2010, she has been Director of Human Resources at Adeo, Europe’s leading DIY and home improvement retailer. In this capacity, she notably accompanied the digital transformation and equipped the group’s companies with learning and open innovation platforms.
Arantxa Balson joined the Executive Committee on May 4th 2015 as Chief Talent & Culture Officer.
Chris J. Cahill
CEO Luxury Brands
North America, Central America and Caribbean Region
Chris J. Cahill, 62, is Canadian. He holds two Bachelor’s Degrees in Education and Political Science from the University of Ottawa, as well as a M.B.A. from the University of Toronto.
Prior to his appointment, Chris worked as Executive Vice President Global Operations for Las Vegas Sands Corp, a publicly traded gaming Company with operations in the US, China and Singapore. Before joining Las Vegas Sands Corp, Chris served for 19 years (1993-2012) in various capacities at Fairmont Raffles Hotels International and its predecessor companies including President and Chief Operating Officer responsible for the operating performance of all brands globally. Earlier in his career, Chris developed a strong track record in all facets of hotel business (operations, sales and marketing) in cities across Canada during an 18 year period.
He joined the Executive Committee on July 12th, 2016.
Chris also serves on the Board of Directors of two Canadian real estate companies. He is Chairman at Temple Hotels Inc. and Board Director at Morguard Corporation.
Chief Financial Officer
Jean-Jacques Morin is an engineering graduate of the École Nationale Supérieure de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace. He holds a Higher Diploma in Accounting and Management (DSCG) and an MBA from Thunderbird. He is Chief Financial Officer AccorHotels.
He began his career at Deloitte, where he spent 5 years in Audit and Consulting in Paris and Montreal. Then he spent 13 years in the international high-tech sector, first with Motorola, and then with ON Semiconductor, where he worked on the NASDAQ stock market listing. He went on to work as CFO for Communicant AG, a German start-up. He joined Alstom in 2005 and notably held the positions of CFO for the “Transport” sector in Paris and the “Power Service” sector in Zurich, before being appointed Chief Financial Officer of the Alstom Group, a position he occupied until September 2015.
Chief Executive Officer Group Food & Beverage
Amir Nahai is American. He holds a BA in Government from Dartmouth College and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.
Amir Nahai was previously a partner at Bain and Company’s New York office. He has more than 15 years of experience with the strategy and management consulting firm in the hospitality, gaming, media/entertainment and technology sectors.
Throughout his career, he has supported clients across the globe and has worked out of multiple offices in the US (Boston, New York, Los Angeles), Asia (Singapore, Thailand, India, China) and Europe (Paris, London).
Amir Nahai is Chief Executive Officer Group Food and Beverage since September 2015. He is also a member of the Group’s Executive Committee.
Chief Operating Officer of HotelInvest
Aged 50, John Ozinga is a graduate of La Roche-en-Ardenne hotel management school in Belgium, attended the Institut Supérieur d’Informatique in Liège and obtained a postgraduate degree in Business Administration from Heriott-Watt University Edinburgh (Scotland).
John Ozinga has over 20 years’ experience in the real estate industry in France and internationally. He started his career in 1991 with AccorHotels as Development Director for the United Kingdom, Ireland and Benelux. In 2001, he joined Dolce hotel group as Vice President of Development in Europe. He went on to become Executive Vice President in charge of international real estate activities for Groupe Casino in 2004. In 2008, he joined Carrefour as Director of Carrefour Property France.
Since 2012, he has been CEO of the French platform and Head of Separate Accounts Continental Europe of CBRE Global Investors, a world leader in real estate investment management.
He joined the Executive Committee in June 2014.
United Kingdom, Ireland, Benelux, Switzerland, Russia and CIS
Aged 48, Steven Daines is a graduate of the University of Geneva and holds an MBA in Hospitality Administration /Management from ESSEC.
He started his career with AccorHotels by joining Compagnie des Wagons-lits where he held various operational positions in France and internationally between 1994 and 2005 before being appointed Managing Director for the economy brands in Latin America. He has been Managing Director ibis Budget and hotelF1 France since 2012.
He joined the Executive Committee in July 2014.
Mediterranean, Middle-East and Africa
Jean-Jacques Dessors, 53, is a graduate of the Hotel School of Toulouse and from the University of Toulouse. He worked in France and in international positions before joining Compagnie Générale d’Hôtellerie et des Services, a subsidiary of Vivendi Group, in 1992 as Director of Operations Westin Demeure Hotels and Libertel.
Jean-Jacques Dessors joined AccorHotels in 1999 as Director of Business & Leisure Operations, Paris Ile de France. In 2002, he later joined the United Kingdom and Ireland teams as Managing Director Economy Hotels and went on to become Chief Operating Officer United Kingdom & Ireland in 2005. In 2012, he was appointed Chief Operating Officer Africa, Middle East, Indian Ocean and Caribbean Islands.
He joined the Executive Committee in November 2013 as CEO HotelServices Mediterranean, Middle-East and Africa.
Michael Issenberg, 56, is a graduate of Cornell University, USA and began his full-time hospitality career in 1981 with the Westin St Francis Hotel in San Francisco. In 1986 he moved to Sydney Australia where he was Director of Leisure Services for Horwarth & Horwath, managing a consultancy practice focused on hotel feasibility and operations and tourism strategy. In a career spanning more than three decades, he has held senior positions across hotel management and property investment including as Director of Development for Merlin Properties and CEO of Mirvac Hotels.
He joined AccorHotels in 1994 as Director of Operations Pacific and has been Chief Operating Officer of AccorHotels Asia Pacific since 2008.
He joined the Executive Committee in November 2013.
Central and Eastern Europe
Aged 51, Laurent Picheral is a graduate of EDHEC Business School. He started his career in 1989 as an auditor with KPMG before moving to Salustro Reydel in 1995 as Senior Operating Director in charge of Development.
He joined AccorHotels’ Financial Department in 1997 where he held various positions in Internal Audit, including Director of Internal Group Audit from 2000. In 2003, he was appointed Finance Director of AccorHotels Deutschland GmbH and in 2006 he became Managing Director in charge of Finance, Tax, Legal Affairs and IT for Germany. He has been CEO of Poland since 2010.
He joins the Executive Committed in July 2014.
Chief Executive Officer HotelServices
Sophie Stabile, is a graduate of the Ecole Supérieure de Gestion et Finances. She began her career with Deloitte, before joining AccorHotels in 1999 to head the Group’s Consolidation and Information System Department. In 2006, she was appointed Group Controller-General, a post in which she supervised the international Finance Departments and the Financial Control, the consolidation process, Internal Audit, the Group Holding Company and Financial Back-office Departments.
She joined Accor’s Executive Committee in 2010 when she was appointed Chief Financial Officer and, in addition to her former responsibilities, she was also in charge of Investor Relations, Cash Management and Tax Affairs. She has also been responsible for the Group’s Procurement since the end of 2013.
From October 2015, she will become Chief Executive Officer HotelServices France. She will accompany the transformation of the Group’s leading market, which boasts 30,000 employees and 1,562 hotels, or close to 30% of AccorHotels’ rooms worldwide.
Sophie Stabile is President of Women At AccorHotels Generation (WAAG), the AccorHotels network for the promotion of women. She has also been President of the Board of Orbis, a Polish hospitality Group in which AccorHotels has a stake, since December 2013. In 2014, she became a member of the Supervisory Board of Altamir and a Board member of Spie Group. She has also sat on the Supervisory Board of Unibail Rodamco since April 16th 2015.
The composition of the Executive Committee reflects the Group's operational organization.