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Accor Pacific CEO to step down

Derry's departure comes as the accommodation giant announces major changes to its leadership structure, Janie Medbury writes.

ACCOR Pacific CEO Sarah Derry will step down in early 2024 after almost two years in the role, ending her seven-year tenure with the company as it overhauls its leadership team.

Duncan O’Rourke, CEO of Accor for MEA APAC – Premium, Midscale & Economy Division, will continue to lead the region, supported by three Chief Operating Officers. From 15 January, Adrian Williams will step into the newly created role of COO – Pacific, Premium, Midscale and Economy. He has been with Accor for 26 years, most recently as its Senior Vice President Operations.

The hotel operator said the leadership changes will “further align its market leading performance across MEA APAC, whilst ensuring exceptional experiences for guests, owners, partners, and the wider community”.

Williams, who serves as the co-chair of the Victorian advisory board for Accommodation Australia and as a Board Member of the Melbourne Convention Bureau, is tasked with driving profitable business growth in the Pacific while also addressing the needs of Accor property owners.

According to O’Rouke, the industry stalwart’s “leadership skills, passion for excellence, and commitment to delivering outstanding guest experiences make him the perfect fit for this role”.

Meanwhile, Derry will depart in Feb to pursue new opportunities. She racked up several notable achievements after working her way up the ladder from Vice President and later Senior Vice President of Accor’s Talent & Culture division in the Pacific region to become CEO in February 2022.

As well as shaping Accor’s award-winning employee culture in the Pacific, she also led the successful integration of Mantra Group, implemented crucial sustainability initiatives, and oversaw the opening of 30 hotels in the Pacific over the past two years.

“We thank Sarah for the positive impact and contribution that she has made during her time with Accor, and wish her every success in her future endeavours,” O’Rourke said, praising the outgoing CEO for having “delivered an excellent performance”.

Derry shared, “I want to extend my deepest gratitude to the Accor team in the Pacific for their commitment and hard work, I am immensely proud of the achievements we have accomplished together”.

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