Industry Update
Appointment30 November 2018

Yigit Sezgin

Appointed Chief Commercial Officer Middle East & Africa
At AccorHotels in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Yigit Sezgin

Based in Dubai, Sezgin will oversee all commercial disciplines for the region, including dedicated sales support, digital marketing, brand marketing, communications, loyalty, partnerships, business intelligence and revenue management. One of his main priorities will be to lead the groups digital transformation in the area, drive brand development and delivery as well as integrating business streams, especially as it relates to the groups loyalty program.

Commenting on the appointment, AccorHotels Middle East & Africa CEO Mark Willis said: We are pleased to have Yigit return to Dubai and take on this critical position within our group. Hell play a fundamental role in consolidating our commercial activity in the Middle East and Africa, driving our top-line performance and providing even healthier returns for our valued partners and stakeholders.

With two decades of international hospitality experience, Im looking forward to bringing my global expertise to AccorHotels unique portfolio, Sezgin added. We manage some of the most iconic brands in the world, so its a very exciting time to be a part of this innovative and daring company.

Sezgin joins AccorHotels from Bilgili Holding, a Turkish investment group devoted to developing real estate and tourism in Turkey and beyond.

As the CEO of Bilgili Holding, Sezgins portfolio contained an array of lifestyle and luxury properties, including the W Istanbul, Soho House, Peninsula Hotel, Aman Resorts, Ritz Carlton & Mandarin Oriental Residences and the Radisson Blu Conference & Airport Hotel.

Having lived and worked in eight international markets over a span of 20 years, Sezgin has also held senior leadership roles with multinational groups including Ritz-Carlton, Wilton International and Hilton Hotels. He spent ten years with the Radisson Hotel Group driving commercial development and strategic performance, with a majority of those years in Dubai overseeing more than 100 hotels and several global sales offices as the groups global head of sales and marketing.

Sezgin holds a Masters degree in leadership development from Harvard Business School and a Bachelors degree in business management, marketing and hospitality from Boazii University in Istanbul.


Accor is a world-leading augmented hospitality group offering unique and meaningful experiences in almost 4,800 hotels, resorts, and residences across 100 countries. With an unrivalled portfolio of brands from luxury to economy, Accor has been providing hospitality savoir-faire for more than 50 years.
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