|PARIS, January 11, 2006 - In line with the new corporate governance
structure put in place at the Shareholders' Meeting on January 9, 2006,
Gilles Pelisson appointed as Chief Executive Officer by the Board of Directors,
has presented to Accor managers his Executive Committee.
The new team combines operating executives and corporate support executives.
An Executive Vice-President Hotels and Brands Marketing will soon
join the Group.
Philippe Adam, who just joined Accor, is appointed Executive Vice President,
Strategy and Hotel Development,
Firmin Antonio, Chief Operating Officer, Accor Latin America,
David Baffsky, Chief Operating Officer, Accor Asia Pacific,
Yann Caillere, who recently joined Accor, is appointed Chief Operating
Officer, Hotels Southern Europe, Middle East, Africa and is in charge of
operations for Sofitel,
Roberto Cusin, Chief Operating Officer, Accor Italy,
Michael Flaxman, Chief Operating Officer, Hotels Northern Europe,
Cathy Kopp, Executive Vice President, Human Resources and Sustainable Development,
Georges Le Mener, Chief Operating Officer, Accor North America,
Serge Ragozin, Chief Operating Officer, Accor Services,
Jacques Stern, Chief Financial Officer, in charge of Purchasing and Information
Pierre Todorov, Corporate Secretary and Secretary of the Board of Directors.
Biographies of Executive Committee Members
A graduate of France's ESSEC Business School and the Harvard Business
School (MBA), Gilles Pelisson began his career with Accor in 1983, in the
United States and then in the Asia-Pacific region. In particular, he served
as Co-Chairman of the Novotel hotel chain. He was appointed Chief Executive
Officer of Euro Disney in 1995 and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
in 1997. He joined Suez in 2000. He moved to Bouygues Telecom in 2001,
where he served as Chief Executive Officer before being appointed Chairman
and Chief Executive Officer in February 2004. Gilles Pelisson is also Director
of Bic S.A. and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Groupe ESSEC.
A graduate of the Strasbourg Institut d'Etudes Politiques, Philippe
Adam holds a law degree and an MBA from the University of Kansas. After
gaining initial experience as a financial analyst, he joined Accor in 1986
as Deputy Finance Director of Ibis Hotels, moving on to become Chief Financial
Officer and Human Resources Director at Hotelia, then Chief Financial Officer
at Accor Services/Eurest International. In 1996, he joined Compass Group,
where he successively held the positions of Executive Vice President -
International Division, Chairman and CEO - Western Division and Group Executive
Vice President - Mergers and Acquisitions. Until 2005, he was involved
in setting up and developing Novae Restauration.
After graduating with degrees in Economics and Management from the
Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers in Paris, Firmin Antonio started
working for Accor in 1968. In 1974, he created the Ticket Restaurant subsidiary
in Portugal, before setting up the Brazilian subsidiary, Ticket Servicos
in 1976, marking Accor's entry into the Brazilian market. Today, Firmin
Antoonio heads Accor Brasil, a joint venture between Accor, Brascan and
Espirito Santo, and Accor Hotels in South America. He is also Chairman
of the Boards of GRSA (a joint venture with Compass Group International),
Dalkia Brasil (a joint venture with Veolia Environment), Carlson Wagonlit
Travel Brazil and Accor TOP (a joint venture with Espirito Santo Viagens).
A graduate in law from the University of Sydney, David Baffsky was
the founder, and until January 1991, senior partner of a Sydney legal firm.
In 1986 he was appointed Chairman of Citistate Corporation Limited, an
Australian public company specializing in property development and corporate
investment. In 1993, he became the Chairman of Accor Asia Pacific. Mr.
Baffsky was a director of Club Mediterranee (Australia) Pty Ltd from 1985
to 2000 and is a director of Tourism Asset Holdings Ltd.
A graduate of the Thonon-les-Bains Ecole Hoteliere, Yann Caillere began
his career in the international arena, before joining Pullman (Frantel,
then Societe Francaise des Wagons Lits following successive mergers), where
he held various operational positions. In 1995, he joined Disneyland Resort
Paris, as Chief Executive Officer, Luxury Hotels and Conventions, moving
on to become Chief Operating Officer then Chief Executive Officer of the
resort. In October 2004, he joined the Louvre Hotels Group as Chairman
and Chief Executive Officer.
Born in San Paolo di Piave, Italy, Roberto Cusin began his career by
launching his own food services business, and in 1960 set up Gemeaz Cusin,
Italy's pioneer provider of food services to companies, bars and restaurants.
In 1975, he founded Scapa Italia, a central food purchasing agency, and
in 1976 he created Gemeaz Cusin - Ticket Restaurant, Italy's first meal
voucher issuer. Following Accor's creation in 1982, Roberto Cusin set up
Sifalberghi, the Italian hotel subsidiary who currently manages 41 hotels.
A graduate of Westminster Hotel School in London, Michael Flaxman began
his career at Forte Hotels in North America. After working in various operational
positions for Thistle Hotels and Trusthouse Forte Hotels, he joined Accor
in 1983 as Vice President, Development for North America. In 1992, he was
appointed Development Director for Novotel and was also Regional Operations
Director responsible for several countries in Europe, Asia and Africa.
In 1994, he became Managing Director Novotel UK, in 1997 taking responsibility
for Accor Business & Leisure Hotels UK and Ireland. In 1999, he became
Managing Director, Hotels, Northern, Central and Eastern Europe. Michael
is also responsible for Sales, Distribution and Loyalty Strategy for Accor
Hotels in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
After earning master's degrees in mathematics, Cathy Kopp joined IBM
France in 1973 as an engineer. After holding a number of operational positions,
she moved into IBM France as Director of Human Resources in 1992, before
being appointed Vice President Human Resources of the Storage Division,
based in California, USA, in 1996, subsequently becoming Vice President
Global Employee Relations, Human Resources for the IBM Corporation in 1998.
Cathy Kopp was named Chief Executive Officer for IBM France in 2000, then
Chairman and CEO. She joined the LVMH Group in 2001 as Vice President,
Corporate Human Resources, before becoming Accor's Human Resources General
Manager in November 2002. Cathy Kopp is a non-voting director of Schneider
Electric and was appointed to the French Authority to Combat Discrimination
(HALDE) by the French Prime Minister.
Georges Le Mener
A graduate of Ecole Hoteliere in Paris, Georges Le Mener began his
career with Accor in 1969, serving in a variety of leadership positions,
including Executive Vice President of Operations, Vice President of Human
Relations and Director of the Office of the Chairman. In 1992, he joined
Motel6 in the United States as Chief Executive Officer, becoming President
of Accor North America with the development of Midscale and Upscale Accor
hotels in the United States.
A graduate of France's HEC business school, Serge Ragozin served as
Marketing Manager of General Foods, Marketing Manager of Nabisco Brands
France, General Manager of Mainland Europe Area at Williams Holding and
General Manager of Hotels Concorde. He joined Accor in 1997, where he was
Vice President for Hotels, then Executive Senior Vice President International
Supports. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer, Accor Services in June
A certified public accountant and graduate of the Ecole Superieure
de Commerce de Lille, Jacques Stern began his career with Price Waterhouse
as an external auditor. He joined Accor in 1992 as Consolidation Officer
and became Group Financial Planning Officer in 1996. He was then successively
appointed Group Controller (2000), Executive Deputy Chief Financial Officer
(2002) and Chief Financial Officer (2003). In March 2005, he was appointed
Member of the Management Board, in charge of Finance.
A graduate of Ecole Normale Superieure and of ENA, and a teaching degree
in philosophy, Pierre Todorov began his career with France's Council of
State. In 1990, he joined the Lagardere Group, where he was Deputy Chief
Executive Officer - International Operations in the Magazine Publishing
Division (Hachette Filipacchi Medias). In 1997, he joined Accor as General
Secretary, acting as secretary to the Management Board and the Supervisory
Board. He is now secretary to the Board of Directors.Pierre Todorov is
also Vice Chairman of the Company Law Commission set up by the French employers'
federation, Medef, and member of the Scientific Board of the "Attractivite
du Droit francais" commission.