Accor has appointed Sarah Derry to the role of Chief Executive Officer Accor Pacific, effective 1 February 2022.
Having joined the group in 2017 after owning and operating her own business for over 10 years, Derry is currently serving as Accor’s Senior Vice President Talent & Culture. With close to three decades of hospitality experience, working with international brands, she brings expertise in business, strategy and development.
As CEO of Accor Pacific, Derry will continue its growth trajectory in the region, building its brands, loyalty network and talent pool. “I am incredibly proud, humbled and excited to be leading the team in the Pacific as we see the industry transition from recovery to growth,” she explains. “Providing memorable world-class experiences for our guests and loyalty members while bringing our teams on the journey will continue to be a priority and I am looking forward to working closely with our owners, partners and industry colleagues.”
Sébastien Bazin, Chairman and CEO of Accor, comments: “I am delighted to welcome Sarah to Accor’s executive committee. She not only brings a wealth of experience, but also a unique understanding of Accor’s values and culture. Her expertise will no doubt prove invaluable as our growth in the region continues.
“Personally, I would like to thank Simon McGrath for his professionalism, dedication and engagement to Accor over the last 15 years. He has been unwavering in his commitment to the team and our business, and steered Accor to be the largest operator in the Pacific, going from 120 hotels to over 400. He’s introduced new brands to market, including Pullman, Movenpick, Sofitel SO and ibis Styles and successfully led the Mirvac Hotels & Resorts and Mantra acquisitions. His expertise in forging and managing partnerships across sporting, entertainment and lifestyle realms is second to none. We wish him all the best in his next chapter”.