Accor Pacific has announced its senior leadership appointments, which extend the company’s expertise and leadership across Australia, New Zealand, French Polynesia and Fiji.

Accor Pacific CEO, Sarah Derry said that the new appointments have a track record of leadership in their respective areas of expertise.

“Focusing on growth and guest service excellence, they will support our teams, owners and communities. I’m proud to have them on board to further advance the performance of Accor’s hotel, apartment and resort portfolio.”

Taking up the role of senior vice president of commercial, premium, midscale and economy for Accor Pacific is Anne Gill. After joining the company in 2019, Gill has held the role of vice president for sales and connected partners in the pacific region for the past three and a half years. She has previously worked in similar roles with other global hotel companies and takes over from Renae Trimble, who has been promoted to the chief executive officer of Accor Plus, the Asia Pacific loyalty subscription program of Accor.

Steven Lake has been appointed as the senior vice president of finance, premium, midscale and economy, for the Accor Pacific brand. With 28 years of experience at Accor, he has held a number of roles within the company including as corporate asset manager and headed the operations finance functions department in Australia. Lake also has experience in procurement for three years, as well as leading the growing hospitality division of Accor, incorporating Qantas lounges and concierge cafes, kiosks, and commercial office towers. Lake is to replace Philip Basha, who is the new chief financial officer for Accor in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific.

Angela Howard will become the senior vice president of talent and culture, and will begin in late March 2023. Howard has more than two decades experience of in delivering strategic direction and operational effectiveness to human resources practices, as well as a varied career within the travel industry. Howard will replace Shelly Perkins, who is keeping the same portfolio but will switch to the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific divisions.

Claire Haigh is to be the new vice president of communications for Accor Pacific. Having been with the company for three years, Haigh previously held a range of positions in the travel industry, including five years as global communications director at Pernod Ricard, and more than two decades’ worth of experience working in public relations and communications roles. 

Accor has 19 international brands across the Pacific, and more than 110 counties internationally.




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