AccorHotels has appointed Sami Nasser and Marc Descrozaille as chief operating officers for the Middle East and Africa regions.
Both Nasser and Descrozaille will be based out of AccorHotels’ Dubai regional office and will report directly to Mark Willis, the recently appointed CEO of AccorHotels Middle East and Africa.
Willis enthused on their appointment: “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 organiSations. 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.”
Nasser most recently served as the chief operating officer, luxury brands – Middle East for AccorHotels, overseeing a portfolio of 40 hotels. Now, he will oversee more than 125 operational hotels and 50 pipeline hotels across all brands in North Africa, Levant, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Indian Ocean.
He assumes his new challenge with over 25 years of relevant experience, collected from a number of international brands, including AccorHotels and FRHI Hotels & Resorts.
Nasser is a graduate of the Advanced Management Programme from INSEAD France and holds a PDP certification in Hotel Marketing from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.
Moving on, Descrozaille joins AccorHotels from Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, where he previously served as the president for the Middle East and Africa, overseeing over 50 hotels. In his new capacity, he will take charge of over 105 operational hotels and 65 hotels in the pipeline across all of AccorHotels’ signature brands in the Gulf (excluding Saudi Arabia) and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Descrozaille has over two decades of experience across a broad spectrum of disciplines in Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Throughout his career he has worked for leading hospitality companies, such as Radisson Hotels Group, Hilton Hotels and the Savoy Group.
He holds an MBA in International Hospitality Management in Paris from Cornell-Essec and is a graduate of Lausanne Hotel School.