New CEO appointed for Accor Pacific

Sarah Derry will step into the role 1 February, as outgoing CEO Simon McGrath embarks on a new career chapter.

Accor has appointed Sarah Derry to the role of chief executive officer Accor Pacific, effective 1 February 2022.

Currently senior vice president talent and culture, Derry joined Accor in 2017 after having owned and operated her own successful business for more than 10 years.

Having worked for international hotel companies and in operations for nearly 30 years, Derry will bring extensive experience to the role, not only in talent and culture but in business, strategy and development.

In her new role as CEO, Sarah will continue Accor’s growth trajectory in the Pacific, build its brands and loyalty network, and bring together talent in the region.

“I am incredibly proud, humbled and excited to be leading the Accor team in the Pacific as we see the industry transition from recovery to growth,” Derry said.

“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.”

Accor chairman and chief executive officer, Sébastien Bazin welcomed Derry to Accor’s executive committee.

“Sarah not only brings a wealth of experience to the role, but also a unique understanding of Accor’s values and culture. Her strategic expertise, gained over an impressive career in hospitality, will no doubt prove invaluable as our growth in the region continues,” Bazin said.

Derry will replace outgoing Accor Pacific chief executive officer Simon McGrath, who after 15 years in the role will join Crown Resorts in February as chief executive officer of Crown Sydney and group head of hospitality.

“Simon has been unwavering in his commitment to the team and our business, and steered Accor to be the largest hotel operator in the Pacific, going from 120 hotels to over 400,” Bazin said.

“He’s introduced new brands to market, including Pullman, Mövenpick, 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, and we wish him all the best in his next chapter.”

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