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Accor Names New Board Members, Appoints Jacques Stern
as Senior Executive Vice President and CFO

PARIS, March 12, 2009 - Meeting under the chairmanship of Gilles Pelisson on Thursday, March 12, the Accor Board of Directors approved the list of people recommended by the Compensation and Appointments Committee for election. The list will be submitted to shareholders at the Annual Meeting on May 13, 2009.

Current Board members:

  • Thomas J. Barrack, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Colony Capital LLC.
  • Sebastien Bazin, Chief Executive Officer Europe of Colony Capital SAS.
  • Philippe Citerne, Deputy Chief Operating Officer of Societe Generale.
  • Gabriele Galateri di Genola, Chairman of Telecom Italia SpA.
  • Gilles Pelisson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Accor.
  • Alain Quinet, Vice President Finance and Strategy and Member of the Executive Committee of Caisse des Depots et Consignations.
  • Franck Riboud, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Danone.
  • Patrick Sayer, Chairman of the Executive Board of Eurazeo.
New Board members:
  • Jean-Paul Bailly, Chairman of the French Post Office (Groupe La Poste), will bring his experience in leading major mass market-oriented companies (i.e. the Paris Transit Authority, RATP) or managing large networks focused on human services (the French Post Office).
  • Denis Hennequin, President, McDonald's Europe, will bring his international expertise in franchising and managing a vast chain of restaurants, a business quite similar to economy hotels.
  • Bertrand Meheut, Chairman and CEO of Canal+ Group, will bring his background in manufacturing and as the Chairman of a well-known European media group close to major social issues such as culture, young people and sports.
A fourth representative of the Colony/Eurazeo concert group will also be recommended to shareholders for election:
  • Virginie Morgon, Executive Board Member of Eurazeo.
The new Board will be therefore composed of 12 members and according to Afep/Medef recommendations, its governance will respect a balance between independent and non-independent members. Upon election, the new Board will determine whether each Board member is independent or not. The future Board will be structured around three committees:
  • The Audit and Risks Committee.
  • The Compensation and Corporate Governance Committee.
  • The Investments Committee, which will review any proposed acquisitions or disposals whose value exceeds EUR100 million.
In light of the future Board's smaller size, the Group's major strategic initiatives will be directly discussed by the Board members.
In addition, a Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors will be appointed from among the independent members, as Lead Independent Director, in charge of relationships with shareholders who are not represented on the Board.
Jacques Stern Appointed Senior Executive Vice President of the Accor Group

PARIS, - On the recommendation of Gilles Pelisson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Accor Group, the Board of Directors has accepted the nomination of Jacques Stern as Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in charge of Finance, Strategy, Hotel Business Development and IT (Information Technology).

"This is a much deserved recognition for Jacques Stern, whose role and influence in the financial community has been beneficial to the Group for more than ten years now," said Gilles Pelisson.

Jacques Stern is a graduate of the Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Lille and a certified chartered accountant. After beginning his career with Pricewaterhouse as an auditor, he joined Accor in 1992 as Consolidation Officer and became Group Financial Planning Officer in 1996. He was then successively appointed Group Controller General (2000), Executive Deputy Chief Financial Officer (2002) and Chief Financial Officer (January 2003). In March 2005, he became Member of the Management Board, in charge of Finance.

In 2006, Jacques Stern was appointed Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President in charge of Purchasing and Information Systems and Member of the Executive Committee. Since September 1, 2008, he has also been in charge of Group Strategy and Hotel Business Development.


Jean-Paul Bailly, Chairman of the French Post Office (Groupe La Poste)
Jean-Paul BAILLY has devoted his whole career to the Public Services through his participation in the management and running of two big public companies, first the RATP (Paris Transport Authority) then La Poste (The french Post Office). Between 1970 and 1977, Jean-Paul BAILLY held several positions of responsibility within the RATP (Regie Autonome des Transports Parisiens). In 1978, he took over the running of French Technical Cooperation in Mexico. In 1982, he moved back to the RATP, where notably he held the posts of Departmental Manager of bus rolling stock, Manager of the Metro and RER (Paris suburban rail system) and Personnel Manager. In 1990, he was appointed Deputy Managing Director of the RATP then Chairman and Managing Director in 1994. Between 1997 and 2001, he also took on the Chairmanship of the UITP (International Public Transport Union). Since 2002, Jean-Paul BAILLY has been Chairman of the La Poste Group. Since 2008, he is member of GDF-Suez Board of Directors and member of Fondation du College de France Board of Directors. A graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique and MIT (Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA), and a member of the Conseil Economique, Social et Environnemental (Economic, Social and Environmental advisory committee) since 1995, Jean-Paul BAILLY is an Officer of the Legion of Honour and the French Order of Merit.

Denis Hennequin, President and Chief Executive Office, McDonald's Europe
Denis Hennequin is President of McDonald's Europe and is responsible for the Company's 6,600 restaurants in 40 countries. He began his career at McDonald's in 1984 as an Assistant Restaurant Manager. After becoming a Restaurant Manager, he rose through the organization holding numerous positions including Training & Recruitment Consultant, Field Service Consultant, Director of Franchising, Director of Operations and Regional Manager for Paris and surrounding suburbs. He was subsequently Vice President of Operations, Human Resources, Development & Regional Coordination. In 1996, Denis was appointed President & Managing Director of McDonald's France. He became Executive Vice President for McDonald's Europe in 2004 and President of McDonald's Europe in 2005.
Denis holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics and a Master's degree in Private International and Social Law.

Bertrand Meheut , Chairman and CEO of Canal+ Group
Bertrand Meheut joined CANAL+ Group in September 2002. He held various senior positions in the life sciences industry. He spent most of his career at Rhone-Poulenc, which he joined in 1984 as deputy COO, Europe. He successively was CEO of the company's German affiliate, deputy CEO of Rhone-Poulenc Agro before becoming Executive VP and COO Europe. When Rhone Poulenc merged with Germany's Hoechst to form Aventis in 1999, Bertrand Meheut was appointed COO of Aventis CropScience, an Aventis and Schering subsidiary involved in agrichemicals and biotechnologies with sales of EUR4.5 billion and 16,000 employees. His last position there before joining Canal+ Group was Chairman and CEO. Bertrand holds an engineering degree from Ecole des Mines and is also member of the Vivendi Executive Board.

Virginie Morgon, Executive Board Member of Eurazeo.
Virginie Morgon has been a member of Eurazeo's Executive Board since January 2008. She co-leads the investment team. After working as an investment banker in New York and London, she became a senior partner at Lazard Freres in 2000 and was also responsible for the European Food, Retail and Consumer goods sector. During her 15 years at Lazard, she advised numerous French and international groups such as Air Liquide, Danone, Kingfisher/Castorama and Kesa/Darty, Publicis. Virginie Morgon is member of the Board of Directors of the Women's Forum for the Economy & Society (WEFCOS). Virginie Morgon has a degree from l'Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Economics and Finance section) and holds a Master in Economics and Management (MIEM) from the University of Bocconi (Milan, Italy).

Accor, a major global group and the European leader in hotels, as well as the global leader in services to corporate clients and public institutions, operates in nearly 100 countries with 150,000 employees. It offers to its clients over 40 years of expertise in two core businesses:

Hotels, with the Sofitel, Pullman, MGallery, Novotel, Mercure, Suitehotel, Ibis, all seasons, Etap Hotel, Formule 1 and Motel 6
brands, representing 4,000 hotels and nearly 500,000 rooms in 90 countries, as well as strategically related activities, such as Lenotre.


Accor Hotels

Also See: Gilles Pelisson, Chief Executive Officer of Accor, Names 11 Managers to Executive Committee / January 2006
Michael Issenberg Appointed Accor's Chairman and Chief Operating Officer - Asia Pacific; Replaces David Baffsky / February 2008



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