AccorHotels has announced the appointment of Yigit Sezgin as its new chief commercial officer, Middle East & Africa.
Based in Dubai, Sezgin will oversee all commercial disciplines for the region, including dedicated sales support, digital marketing, brand marketing, communications, loyalty, partnerships, business intelligence, and revenue management. One of his main priorities will be to lead the group’s digital transformation in the area, drive brand development and delivery as well as integrating business streams, especially as it relates to the group’s loyalty program.
Commenting on the appointment, AccorHotels Middle East & Africa, CEO, Mark Willis said: “We are pleased to have Yigit return to Dubai and take on this critical position within our group. He’ll play a fundamental role in consolidating our commercial activity in the Middle East and Africa, driving our top-line performance and providing even healthier returns for our valued partners and stakeholders.”
“With two decades of international hospitality experience, I’m looking forward to bringing my global expertise to AccorHotels’ unique portfolio,” the new CCO said.
“We manage some of the most iconic brands in the world, so it’s a very exciting time to be a part of this innovative company.”
Sezgin joins AccorHotels from Bilgili Holding, a Turkish investment group devoted to developing real estate and tourism in Turkey and beyond. As the CEO of Bilgili Holding, Sezgin’s portfolio included an array of lifestyle and luxury properties, including the W Istanbul, Soho House, Peninsula Hotel, Aman Resorts, Ritz Carlton & Mandarin Oriental Residences, and the Radisson Blu Conference & Airport Hotel. Having lived and worked in eight international markets over a span of 20 years, Sezgin has held senior leadership roles with multinational groups including Ritz-Carlton, Wilton International and Hilton Hotels. He spent ten years with the Radisson Hotel Group (formerly Carlson Rezidor), driving commercial development and strategic performance, with a majority of those years spent in Dubai overseeing more than 100 hotels and global sales offices as the group’s global head of sales and marketing.