Gaurav Bhushan holds a MBA from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT University) and a post graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and investment from the Securities Institute of Australia (SIA).
Gaurav is a seasoned professional with more than 25 years’ experience in hospitality, leisure, travel and tourism both at strategic and operational levels.
Gaurav began his career at Accor in Australia in 1995, holding various positions in operations and finance. In 2000, he moved into the hotel network development, taking the position of Business Development Manager then Head of Development for Australia, New Zealand and Japan, and then VP Development for North Asia and the Pacific in 2004. He has been heading the Asia-Pacific development teams and coordinating development through joint ventures and partnerships in the region, since 2006. During this period, Gaurav led, amongst other strategic achievements, the acquisition of Mirvac Hotels & Resorts in Australia and New Zealand and he initiated the partnership with Huazhu in China.
Gaurav was appointed Global Chief Development Officer of Accor in 2015 therefore responsible for the Group’s network development worldwide as well as of M&A and Strategic Partnerships. Under his drive, Accor footprint experienced an unprecedented expansion with the opening of one hotel a day in average and the signing of over 500 hotels a year.
Gaurav Bhushan joined the Group’s Executive Committee in January 2017 and is currently board member of Accor Invest, Huazhu, 25Hours, Banyan Tree, Rixos and sbe.
In October 2020, Gaurav Bhushan is appointed CEO of the Lifestyle division.