Sami Nasser and Marc Descrozaille appointed as chief operating officers
Both will be based out of AccorHotels’ Dubai regional office and will report directly to Mark Willis who was recently appointed as the chief executive officer of AccorHotels Middle East and Africa.
Commenting on the appointments, Mark Willis said: “Both Sami and Marc have demonstrated a deep understanding of the travel and hospitality industry in the Middle East and Africa, contributing heavily to the success of their respective organsations. I am delighted to bring them on board as chief operating officers and remain confident that their expertise and insights will enable AccorHotels to reinforce its leadership position in this dynamic and rapidly growing region.”
Sami Nasser joins from his recent role as chief operating officer, Luxury Brands, Middle East for AccorHotels where he oversaw a portfolio of 40 hotels in the region. Within his new role, Nasser will directly oversee over 125 operational hotels and 50 hotels in the pipeline across all brands in North Africa, Levant, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Indian Ocean.
He brings over 25 years of hospitality experience having held strategic roles within multiple international brands, including AccorHotels and FRHI Hotels & Resorts, in operations, sales and distribution.
During the past two years, following the integration of FRHI, Nasser drove operational success in the areas of reputation management and guest satisfaction in addition to developing a robust talent pipeline for general managers.
Marc brings more than 20 years of experience across a broad spectrum of disciplines in Africa, Europe and the Middle East where he has worked for leading hospitality companies including Radisson Hotels Group, Hilton Hotels, and the Savoy Group. He also served as a consultant at KPMG, providing valuable insights for upscale hotel projects and leisure concepts in Europe.
Marc holds an MBA in International Hospitality Management in Paris from Cornell-Essec and is a graduate of Lausanne Hotel School.
These senior appointments come during a time of record growth in the Middle East and Africa for the Group, opening an average of two hotels every month and reaching milestones from guest satisfaction and reputation management to positive employee engagement.