Biographies of Executive Committee Members
Chairman and CEO
After five years working in several financial positions in New York, San Francisco and London, Sébastien Bazin was appointed CEO of Hottinguer Rivaud Finances, an investment bank, in 1990, and then CEO of L’Immobilière Hôtelière, a hotel developer in France, in 1992. In 1997, he moved to Colony Capital, a private real estate investment firm, to head up its European branch and lead several acquisitions, principally in the hospitality sector (Générale des Eaux, Club Méditerranée, Lucien Barrière, Fairmont & Raffles, Buffalo Grill, Château Lascombes, Stadia Consulting and others).
He joined Accor’s Board of Directors in 2005 and, via Colony Capital, became a Paris Saint-Germain shareholder in 2006 and the club’s Chairman in 2009.
In August 2013, he resigned from his duties at Colony Capital and was appointed Chairman and CEO of AccorHotels.
Sébastien has been Chairman of the Théâtre du Châtelet’s Board of Directors since 2015 (and a Board member since 2013), is Vice-Chairman of the Gustave Roussy Foundation’s Supervisory Board, and has been a member of GE’s Board of Directors since 2016.
Deputy Chief Executive Officer
Sven Boinet is a graduate of Ecole Centrale de Paris and University of Stanford, California. He started his career in the oil industry (at Schlumberger and Coflexip) and moved into consulting (SRI International) before working for Accor from 1988 to 2003. He went on to serve as Chairman of the Board at Groupe Lucien Barrière (2004-2009) then Chief Executive Officer at Groupe Pierre & Vacances (2009-2012).
Sven was appointed Deputy Chief Executive Officer and joined AccorHotels’ Executive Committee at the end of 2013.
He has also been Chairman of the Board of Alliance 46.2, a federation encompassing the 20 leading players in France’s tourism sector, since 2016.
Chief Talent & Culture Officer
Arantxa Balson is Spanish, and 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 degree in Human Resources Management and Social Relations from Université Paris IX Dauphine.
Arantxa 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 in Western Europe then in Spain and Portugal, and HR Director for Lucent Worldwide Services EMEA, a position she combined with another role supporting the transformation of the supply chain and corporate centers in the region.
In 2004, she moved to Endesa, the leading electricity utility in Spain and Latin America, as Director of Development and HR Innovation.
Adeo, Europe’s leading DIY and home improvement retailer, appointed her Director of Human Resources in 2010, inter alia to support the group’s digital transformation and equip the group’s companies with learning and open-innovation platforms.
Arantxa joined AccorHotels’ Executive Committee in 2015 as Chief Talent & Culture Officer.
Chief Development Officer
Gaurav Bhushan holds an MBA from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT University) and a postgraduate degree in finance.
He began his career at Accor in Australia in 1995, holding various posts in operations and finance before moving into development, as Business Development Manager for Australia and New Zealand, in 2000. He was subsequently appointed Chief Development Officer for Australia, New Zealand and Japan, and then VP Development for North Asia and the Pacific in 2004. He has been heading the Asia-Pacific development teams, and coordinating development through joint ventures and partnerships in the region, since 2006. It was in this capacity that he led the acquisition of Mirvac Hotels & Resorts in Australia and New Zealand and, more recently, the alliance with Huazhu in China.
Gaurav Bhushan joined AccorHotels’ Executive Committee in January 2017.
Chief Financial Officer
Jean-Jacques Morin holds an engineering degree from École Nationale Supérieure de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace, a postgraduate degree in Accounting and Management (DSCG) and an MBA from Thunderbird.
He began his career at Deloitte, where he spent 5 years conducting audits and consulting in Paris then Montreal. He then spent 13 years in the international high-tech sector, first with Motorola and then with ON Semiconductor, where he worked on the company’s NASDAQ listing. He went on to work as CFO for Communicant AG, a German startup. He joined Alstom in 2005 and notably served as CFO for the Transport sector in Paris, Power Service sector in Zurich and Group CFO.
He was appointed to the AccorHotels Executive Committee as Chief Financial Officier at the end of 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 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).
He joined AccorHotels, as Chief Executive Officer Group Food & Beverage and Group Executive Committee member, in September 2015.
Chris J. CAHILL
CEO Luxury Brands
North America, Central America and Caribbean Region
Chris J. Cahill is Canadian. He holds two Bachelor’s Degrees in Education and Political Science from the University of Ottawa, and an MBA 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 (FRHI) and its predecessor companies, including President and Chief Operating Officer responsible for the operating performance of all brands worldwide. Earlier in his career, Chris developed a strong track record in all facets of the hotel business (operations, sales and marketing) in cities across Canada during an 18-year period.
He joined AccorHotels’ Executive Committee in July 2016, when the Group finalized the acquisition of FRHI. Chris also serves on the Board of Directors of two Canadian real estate companies, as Chairman at Temple Hotels Inc. and Board Director at Morguard Corporation.
COO New businesses & CEO HotelServices Africa & Middle East
Steven Daines graduated from the University of Geneva and holds an MBA in International Hospitality Management from ESSEC.
He started his career with Accor at Compagnie des Wagons-lits where he held various operational positions in France and abroad from 1994 to 2005 before being appointed Managing Director for the economy brands in Latin America. He became Managing Director of ibis Budget and hotelF1 France in 2012.
He joined the Group’s Executive Committee in 2014 as CEO HotelServices United Kingdom, Ireland, Benelux, Switzerland, Russia and CIS, and was appointed CEO New Businesses and CEO HotelServices Africa and Middle-East in 2017.
CEO HotelServices Europe*
* Excluding France & Switzerland
Jean-Jacques Dessors holds degrees from École Hôtelière de Toulouse and Université de Toulouse. He worked in various positions in France and internationally before joining Compagnie Générale d’Hôtellerie et des Services, a Vivendi Group subsidiary, as Director of Operations Westin Demeure Hotels and Libertel, in 1992.
Jean-Jacques moved to Accor in 1999 as Director of Business & Leisure Operations, Paris Ile de France. In 2002, he joined the United Kingdom and Ireland teams as Managing Director Economy Hotels and then went on to become Chief Operating Officer United Kingdom & Ireland in 2005. He was appointed Chief Operating Officer Africa, Middle-East, Indian Ocean and Caribbean in 2012.
He joined the Group’s Executive Committee in 2013 as CEO HotelServices Mediterranean, Middle-East and Africa. In 2017 he becomes CEO HotelServices Europe (excl. France and Switzerland).
CEO HotelServices France & Switzerland
After graduating from Ecole Supérieure de Gestion et Finances, Sophie Stabile began her career with Deloitte and then joined Accor in 1999 to head up the Group’s Consolidation and Information Systems Department. In 2006, she was appointed Group Controller-General and entrusted with supervising the international finance and financial control departments, consolidation, internal audits, the Group holding company and the financial back offices.
She joined Accor’s Executive Committee in 2010 when she was appointed Chief Financial Officer and her duties grew to encompass investor relations, cash management and tax affairs. She has also been responsible for the Group’s procurement since the end of 2013.
In 2015, she was appointed CEO HotelServices France, and CEO HotelServices France and Switzerland in 2017.
Sophie is President of Women At AccorHotels Generation (WAAG), AccorHotels’ network for diversity. She has also been President of the Board of Orbis, an AccorHotels subsidiary in Poland, since December 2013. She became a member of Altamir’s Supervisory Board and of Spie Group’s Board of Directors in 2014, and is on Unibail Rodamco’s Supervisory Board.
CEO HotelServices Asia- Pacific
Michael Issenberg 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 Horwath & Horwath, managing a consultancy practice focused on hotel feasibility, operations and tourism strategy. In a career spanning more than three decades, he has held senior positions across hotel management and property investment including Director of Development for Merlin Properties and CEO of Mirvac Hotels.
He moved to Accor in 1994 as Director of Operations Pacific, and joined the Group’s Executive Committee as CEO HotelServices Asia-Pacific in 2008.
CEO HotelServices Latin America
Patrick Mendes holds an MBA in Management and Marketing from IAE Aix-en-Provence after studying at the “École d’Hôtellerie et de Management” in Bordeaux.
He started working for Accor Service (now Edenred), supporting business development, in 1994. He moved from Paris to Lisbon in 2000 to run Accor Service in Spain and Portugal, and joined the Accor Group, to lead an international team as Senior VP Global Sales & Distribution, in 2004.
In 2011, he took over operations in Latin America (80 hotels) – one of the Group’s key markets. In 2013, he was appointed COO Luxury and Midscale brands in South America in 2013.
In July 2015, he became CEO HotelServices Latin America. He joined the AccorHotels Executive Committee in January 2017.
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 has over 20 years’ experience in the real estate industry in France and internationally. He started his career with Accor in 1991 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.
He became CEO of the French platform and Head of Separate Accounts Continental Europe at CBRE Global Investors, a world leader in real estate investment management, in 2012.
He joined AccorHotels’ Executive Committee in June 2014, as Chief Operating Officer HotelInvest.
Laurent Picheral graduated from EDHEC Business School, and started his career in 1989 with KPMG in France and Poland holding various positions and dealing with key industrial and corporate government projects. Then he moved to Salustro Reydel Paris in 1995 to become a Senior Operating Director
He joined Accor’s Financial Department in 1997 to be Director of Internal Group Audit from 2000. Between 2003 and 2010 he held a position as Managing Director and Chief Finance Officer of Accor Hotellerie Deutschland GmbH.
In 2010 he was appointed CEO & President of Management Board of Orbis SA, the largest hotel group in Poland and Eastern Europe, subsidiary of AccorHotels.
He joined the AccorHotels Executive Committee as CEO HotelServices Central and Eastern Europe in 2014. Since January 2016 he additionally took over the formal position as Head of AccorHotels Germany.
In addition since 2014 Laurent Picheral is both a Member of the Supervisory Board of Orbis SA and a Member of the Supervisory Board of Solidarity Accor Foundation.
Since January 1st 2017, Laurent is appointed Deputy Chief Executive Officer & Chief Operating Officer HotelInvest.
The composition of the Executive Committee reflects the Group's operational organization.