Managing director & COO – Middle East, AccorHotels, Olivier Granet

AccorHotels recently appointed Olivier Granet as its new managing director and chief operating officer for the Middle East, effective immediately.

Granet, who boasts 16 years of hospitality experience, previously served as AccorHotels Middle East’s senior vice president of development.

He joined AccorHotels in 1999 as chief financial officer for Central Europe, and was later successively appointed to the roles of vice president, corporate finance, and senior vice president, strategy.

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Since moving to Dubai in 2011 to lead AccorHotels’ regional development team, Granet has overseen the signing of more than 70 new partnership agreements across the region.

Granet succeeds Christophe Landais, who held the position for over 15 years.

Commenting on Grante’s appointment was CEO, AccorHotels Mediterranean, Middle-East and Africa, Jean-Jacques Dessors: “Since he moved to our Dubai office in 2011, Olivier has demonstrated his ability to accelerate the development of this crucial region for the Group, developed an extensive network of new partners, and gained the trust of our existing partners. Having been with AccorHotels in Europe for over a decade and then based in the Middle East for five years, he brings to the role a unique combination of strong on-the-ground experience built upon a global outlook.”

He continued: “I would like to thank Christophe Landais for his 15-year tenure as Middle East COO, which has not only shaped our entire regional operations but ensured our positioning as the leading and fastest-growing hotel group in the region. He will now get to do the same for AccorHotels in Iran.”

Meanwhile, Granet enthused: “I am very excited to be stepping into this role at such an eventful time for AccorHotels in the Middle East. I look forward to overseeing our diverse portfolio of internationally renowned luxury, midscale and economy hotels with the support of our extremely committed team. Together, we are focused on delivering value to our partners while providing high quality hospitality services to the satisfaction of our guests. I am delighted to continue the rapid pace of our growth and cannot wait to contribute to the further expansion of our regional footprint.”