Board of Directors

Discover the composition of our Board of Directors.

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Sébastien Bazin
Chairman and CEO of AccorHotels
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Iris Knobloch*
Independent director, Senior Independent director and Vice-Chairman of the Board

• First appointed as a director on April 25, 2013.
• Current term due to expire at the close of the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting to be called to approve the financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2019.
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• President of Warner Bros. Entertainment France.

Iris Knobloch has a J.D. degree from Ludwig-Maximilians Universität Munich and an L. L.M. degree from New York University. She has spent more than 18 years with Warner Bros. and the Time Warner Group, holding various different positions, and is currently President of Warner Bros. Entertainment France. Before beginning her career with Warner Bros., Iris Knobloch was an attorney with Norr, Stiefenhofer & Lutz and O’Melveny & Myers in Munich, New York and Los Angeles.

Sheikh Nawaf Bin Jassim Bin Jabor Al-Thani
Director

• First appointed as a director on March 21, 2017.
• Current term due to expire at the close of the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting to be called to approve the financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2018.
• Qatari national.
• Chairman of Katara Hospitality.

A graduate of Qatar University, Sheikh Nawaf began his career at Qatar Airways before joining Katara Hospitality as Chairman of the Board of Directors. Alongside his role with Katara Hospitality, Sheikh Nawaf is also Chairman of Al Hosn Investment Company S.A.O.C, based in Oman, and Deputy Chairman of the Sheikh Jassim Bin Jabor Charitable Foundation, which implements and oversees humanitarian and development projects.

Aziz Aluthman Fakhroo
Director

• First appointed as a director on July 12, 2016.
• Current term due to expire at the close of the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting to be called to approve the financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2018.
• French & Qatari national.
• Under-Secretary of State at the Ministry of Finance, Qatar.

Graduate of Paris ESLSCA Business School. He founded and managed Idealys SARL, a 3D industrial simulation company before joining Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) in 2007. He was appointed Director of Mergers & Acquisitions at QIA, where he executed a large number of acquisitions between 2007 and 2013 representing a total of more than USD 25 billion. He was appointed Director of the Public Investment Management Department in Qatar’s Ministry of Finance in January 2014 and then Director of the Public Budget Department in March 2015. In December 2016, Aziz Aluthman Fakhroo was appointed Under‑Secretary of State at this same Ministry.

Iliane Dumas
Director representing employees

• First appointed as a director on May 2, 2014.
• Current term due to expire on May 2, 2020.
• French national.
• Project manager within the Group’s Talent & Culture Department.

A graduate of École de Paris des Métiers de la Table, Iliane Dumas joined Accor in 1991, where she was initially part of the sales team in the Distribution Department. She has held several employee representative positions, notably Representative of the Central Works Council on Accor’s Board of Directors. Iliane Dumas is currently project manager within the Group’s Talent & Culture Department. She is also a member of the Appointments & Compensation Committee and a judge at the Paris Employment Tribunal.

Sophie Gasperment*
Independent Director

• First appointed as a director on June 29, 2010.
• Current term due to expire at the close of the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting to be called to approve the financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2018.
• French national.
• Group General Manager, Financial Communication and Strategic Foresight, L’Oréal.

Sophie Gasperment is a graduate of ESSEC business school and Insead. She joined L’Oréal in 1886. After 14 years in operational and strategic marketing positions, she was appointed General Manager for L’Oréal in the UK. She remained UK-based for the following 14 years, notably as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Body Shop International, the iconic English brand spanning 60 countries and ca. 20 000 people strong. Since 2014, Sophie Gasperment is the L’Oréal Group General Manager leading Financial Communication and Strategic Prospective. Sophie Gasperment was appointed French Foreign Trade Advisor in 2005, elected to the UK executive board, and has contributed to the Business Advisory Council of Said Business School, Oxford University. Sophie Gasperment also serves on the Supervisory board of Cimpress N.V., a NASDAQ-listed, technology company.

Chantale Hoogstoel
Director representing employees

• First appointed as a director on January 11, 2018.
• Current term due to expire on January 11, 2018.
• Belgian national.
• AccorHotels Benelux HACCP and Health & Safety Coordinator.

After studying translation and interpreting at the Marie Haps Faculty (Brussels, Belgium) and then Chinese religions and philosophies at the China Institute (New-York, USA), Chantale Hoogstoel began her career with Accor in 1983 where she was employed in a number of different jobs in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and France. She also held office as an employee representative in various capacities, including the Works Council, the Prevention and Work Protection Committee in Belgium and the European Works Council. Chantale Hoogstoel is currently the HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) and Hygiene Coordinator for AccorHotels Benelux. She is also a member of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation World Tourism Network on Child Protection.

Qionger Jiang*
Independent director

• First appointed as a director on July 12, 2016.
• Current term due to expire at the close of the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting to be called to approve the financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2018.
• French national.
• Chief Executive Officer and Artistic Director of Shang Xia.

Qionger Jiang is a graduate of the design school at Tongji University (China) and has also studied interior design and furniture design at École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Paris. She founded a number of design companies before setting up the Chinese subsidiary of ArtCurial. In 2008, she teamed up with Hermès to set up Shang Xia, China’s first luxury brand, of which she is Chief Executive Officer and Artistic Director. In 2013 and 2016, respectively, she was awarded the titles of Chevalier des Arts et Lettres and Chevalier de l’Ordre National du mérite by the French President.

Nicolas Sarkozy*
Independent Director

• First appointed as a director on February 21, 2017.
• Current term due to expire at the close of the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting to be called to approve the financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2018.
• French national.
• Leader of the French political party Les Républicains from November 2014 to November 2016.

Nicolas Sarkozy was the President of the French Republic from 2007 to 2012. His previous positions include Mayor of Neuilly-sur-Seine (1983-2002), National Assembly Representative for Hauts-de-Seine (1988-2002), President of the General Council for Hauts-de-Seine (2004-2007), Minister for the Budget (1993-1995), Minister for Communications (1994-1995), Government spokesman (1993-1995), Minister of the Interior, Internal Security and Local Freedoms (2002-2004), Minister of State, Minister for the Economy, Finance and Industry (2004), Minister of State, Minister of the Interior and Town and Country Planning (2005-2007). He was also the elected leader of French political parties UMP (2004-2007) and Les Républicains (2014-2016). A trained lawyer, Nicolas Sarkozy is married and has four children. He is the author of several books, including Libre, Témoignage, La France pour la Vie and Tout pour la France.

Patrick Sayer
Director

• First appointed as a director on August 27, 2008.
• Current term due to expire at the close of the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting to be called to approve the financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2018.
• French national.

A graduate of École Polytechnique and École des Mines de Paris, Patrick Sayer has been Chairman of Eurazeo’s Executive Board since May 2002. He previously held the positions of Managing Partner at Lazard Frères et Cie in Paris and Managing Director of Lazard Frères & Co. in New York. He was formerly the President of the Association Française des Investisseurs pour la Croissance (AFIC) and is currently a director of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris and a lecturer in finance (Master 225) at Paris-Dauphine University. He is also a member of the Club des Juristes and a judge at the Paris Commercial Court.

Isabelle Simon*
Independent Director

• First appointed as a director on July 12, 2016.
• Current term due to expire at the close of the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting to be called to approve the financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2018.
• French national.
• Group Secretary & General Counsel, member of the Executive Committee, Thales Group.

Isabelle Simon is a graduate of Sciences Po Paris, HEC and Harvard Law School. She also holds a DEA postgraduate diploma in English and North American business law from Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne and a DESS postgraduate diploma in international taxation from Université Jean Monnet. She is a qualified lawyer, and has been admitted to the Paris Bar and the New York Bar. Isabelle Simon began her career in 1995 at law firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, where she practiced as a lawyer in Paris and New York. In 2003, she joined the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs as Executive Director. In 2009, she joined the Publicis Group as Senior Vice-President, heading the M&A and Legal departments and managing the Group’s external development strategy and minority holdings. In 2011, Isabelle Simon became Senior Vice-President of Société des Bains de Mer de Monaco, where she headed the Real Estate, Marketing and Sales, Artistic, Communications and Legal departments and was responsible for internal and external development operations. In 2015, she was appointed Group Secretary & General Counsel, and a member of the Executive Committee, of the Thales Group. She is also Group Secretary & General Counsel and a Board member of the Thales Foundation. 

Sarmad Zok
Director

• First appointed as a director on July 12, 2016.
• Current term due to expire at the close of the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting to be called to approve the financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2018.
• Lebanese & British national.
• Chairman and CEO of Kingdom Hotel Investments and Non-Executive Board Director of Kingdom Holding Company.

Sarmad Zok is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Kingdom Hotel Investments (KHI) headquartered in Dubai, UAE and a non-executive director on the boards of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, AccorHotels, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts Management, BlackRock Frontiers Investment Trust plc and Kingdom Holding Company. Mr. Zok is an active member of the boards of the hotel management companies he sits on, being directly engaged on strategy, product, operations/guest experience, growth and value creation. In 2006, Mr. Zok led KHI on its Initial Public Offering on the Dubai International Financial Exchange (the predecessor to NASDAQ Dubai) and the London Stock Exchange. Since a successful take-private in 2010 he has headed KHI’s accomplished hotel investment management team in Dubai in managing an integrated luxury hospitality investment portfolio across the US, Europe and growth/developing markets in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. In 2016, he successfully led the KHI team on the sale and merger of Fairmont Raffles with AccorHotels, one of the largest recent transactions in the luxury hospitality sector. In his early career, Mr. Zok worked at HVS International and Hilton International. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Hotel Management from the University of Surrey and a Masters of Arts in Property Valuation and Law from City University Business School in London.

Philippe Citerne
Advisory Board member

• First appointed as Advisory Board member on July 27, 2016.
• Current term due to expire on December 31, 2028.
• French national.

After graduating from Ecole Centrale Paris and holding a number of positions in the French Finance Ministry, Philippe Citerne joined Societe Generale in 1979, where he served as Vice-President of Economic Research, Vice-President Finance and Vice-President Human Relations, before becoming a director, Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Co-Chief Executive Officer from 1997 to April 2009. Philippe Citerne served as the permanent representative of Societe Generale on Accor’s Supervisory Board between December 2003 and January 2006 and then as a director until July 27, 2016. He also acted as the Senior Independent Director and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors from 2013 to 2016.

 

* Independent Director