AccorHotels has appointed Olivier Granet to the position of managing director and chief operating officer for the Middle East and Africa.
Granet had previously been the MD and COO for just the Midde East region, based out of Dubai.
A company spokesperson said: “In his new role, Granet is responsible for AccorHotels’ diverse portfolio of internationally renowned hotels and brands, as well as providing transformative growth for the economy and midscale segments for Middle East and Africa.
“This includes more than 178 operational hotels with over 40,000 rooms across twenty-eight countries, and more than 160 properties under development. On average, this effectively translates into two hotel openings a month.”
Granet will be charged with developing and retaining talent within the organisation and more than doubling the number of employees to over 50,000 in order to meet the growth programme for the region.
Since arriving in Dubai in 2011, Granet served as senior vice president of development for the Middle East.
He has more than 18 years of experience in the hospitality industry and first joined AccorHotels in 1999 as chief financial officer for Central Europe, and was subsequently appointed to the roles of vice president, corporate finance and senior vice president of strategy.