Chief Executive Officer, AccorHotels Middle East and Africa
Olivier Granet is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for AccorHotels Middle East and Africa, responsible for a portfolio of over 200 hotels consisting of 50,000 rooms across over 30 countries with plans to open another 100 hotels within the next five years.
With almost 20 years with AccorHotels, recent career highlights include positioning AccorHotels as the number one hotel operator in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; opening the largest Mercure hotel worldwide in Dubai; introducing Swissôtel and Fairmont hotels in the UAE and Morocco respectively, as well as the first lifestyle brands to the region - Mama Shelter, 25Hours Hotel and SO/. He also led the recent acquisition of the South African based Mantis Group, a collection of boutique hotels and eco lodges located on all seven continents.
Along with his development and management acumen, his focus is on the Group’s talent strategy to identify, grow and develop a robust pipeline of 50,000 colleagues by 2021. Through customized hospitality programs in the region, AccorHotels was the first in the KSA to welcome Saudi women, in-line with the Group’s global vision on gender equality and diversity in the workplace.
Olivier holds a degree from the Grenoble Institute of Political Studies (Sciences-Po Grenoble) and an MBA from ESSEC Business School in Paris. A family man at heart and an adventure and travel enthusiast, in whatever spare time he has, you can find him engaged in daring sports and activities.