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

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.
more information
Recent Appointments at Accor

Wencke Bolsius - General Manager

27 February 2020 — From 1 March, Wencke Bolsius will start as General Manager at Swissôtel Amsterdam. After almost ten years as Head of Revenue for the Hotel Okura Amsterdam, she takes over from Harold Kluit, former General Manager of Swissôtel Amsterdam.
read more

Timothy Palmer - Executive Chef

19 February 2020 — Fairmont Royal Pavilion, Barbados is pleased to announce Timothy Palmer has been appointed Executive Chef of Fairmont Royal Pavilion effective February 6th 2020. As the new Executive Chef, Timothy will oversee the culinary operations of Fairmont Royal Pavilion's three restaurants and in-room dining.
read more

Claire Haigh - Director of Communications for the Pacific region

18 February 2020 — For the past five years Haigh was Global Communications Director for Pernod Ricard's Winemaking division and their portfolio of champagnes, spirits and wines in Australia and New Zealand. Between 2008 and 2013 Haigh was Head of Communications for Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants in the UK, and prior to that drove creative communications, strategic brand partnerships and external affairs for AB InBev, Coca-Cola and Oakley.
read more
Advertisements