Board of Directors

Discover the composition of our Board of Directors.

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Sébastien Bazin
Chairman and CEO of Accor
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Iris Knobloch
Independent Director, Senior Independent Director and Vice-Chairman of the Board

  • First appointed as a director on April 25, 2013.
  • Current term due to expire at the close of the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting to be called to approve the financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2022.
  • German national.
  • President of WarnerMedia France, Germany, Benelux, Austria & Switzerland.

Iris Knobloch is President of WarnerMedia France, Germany, Benelux, Austria & Switzerland. She is responsible for developing and implementing WarnerMedia’s strategy and coordinating all of the Group’s sales and marketing activities in the region. This includes theatrical distribution, local theatrical production, TV and SVOD content distribution, video and video game distribution, consumer products, and distribution of WarnerMedia’s channels and services as well as the related ad revenue. Iris Knobloch previously served as Senior Vice-President at Time Warner, where she was in charge of International Relations and Strategy for Europe. In 2006, she was named President of Warner Bros Entertainment France. Since 1996, she has held various positions at Warner in Los Angeles, London and Paris.

Iris Knobloch is trilingual in French, German and English. She has a J.D. degree from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich in 1987 and an LL.M. degree from New York University in 1992.

Iris Knobloch is Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of the AccorHotels group, a member of the Board of Directors of LVMH and Lazard Ltd and Governor of the American Hospital in Paris. In 2008, she was awarded the title of Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur.

Aziz Aluthman Fakhroo
Director

  • First appointed as a director on July 12, 2016.
  • Current term due to expire at the close of the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting to be called to approve the financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2021.
  • French and Qatari national.
  • Managing Director of Ooredoo Group and Senior Advisor to the Qatar Minister of Finance. 

Mr. Aziz was appointed as Managing Director of Ooredoo Group since November 2020, he has been a Board member of Ooredoo Group since 2011. He is currently also a Senior Advisor to the Minister of Finance.

From 2014 to 2020, he served as Deputy Undersecretary for Budget, Treasury and Financial affairs at the Ministry of Finance. Previously (2007‐ 2014) he was the Co‐head of Mergers and Acquisitions at Qatar Investment Authority (QIA), where he led some of the sovereign wealth fund’s most high‐profile deals.

He previously served as member of the Board of United Arab Shipping Company, Canary Wharf Group, Chelsfield LLP and CITIC Capital.

Mr. Aziz holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Eslasca University.

Sheikh Nawaf Bin Jassim Bin Jabor Al-Thani
Director

  • First appointed as a director on March 21, 2017.
  • Current term due to expire at the close of the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting to be called to approve the financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2021.
  • Qatari national.

Graduated from Qatar University, Sheikh Nawaf bin Jassim bin Jabor Al-Thani served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Katara Hospitality from 2003 until 2021, after a successful career at Qatar Airways. Sheikh Nawaf is a Member of the Board of National Tourism Council and a Chairman of Jassim and Hamad bin Jassim Charitable Foundation.

Iliane Dumas
Director representing employees

  • First appointed as a director on May 2, 2014.
  • Current term due to expire on May 2, 2023.
  • French national.
  • Social innovation project manager within the Group’s Talent & Culture Department.

Iliane Dumas joined the Accor Group in 1991, where she was initially part of the sales team in the Distribution Department. She has held several employee representative positions, notably Representative of the Central Works Council on Accor’s Board of Directors. Iliane Dumas is currently social innovation project manager within the Group’s Talent & Culture Department. She is also a member of the Appointments, Compensation & CSR Committee and a judge at the Paris Employment Tribunal. Iliane Dumas is a graduate of École de Paris des Métiers de la Table.

Sophie Gasperment
Independent Director

  • First appointed as a director on June 29, 2010.
  • Current term due to expire at the close of the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting to be called to approve the financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2021 (Mrs Gasperment will then be stepping down from the board).
  • French national.
  • Senior Advisor at Boston Consulting Group

Sophie Gasperment joined L’Oréal in 1986. After 14 years in operational and strategic marketing positions, she was appointed General Manager for L’Oréal in the UK in 2000. She remained UK-based for the following 14 years, notably as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Body Shop International, the iconic English brand spanning 60 countries and ca. 20,000 people strong. She then became the L’Oréal Group General Manager leading Financial Communication and Strategic Prospective. Since 2019, she has focused on her activities as Senior Advisor at Boston Consulting Group, as non-executive director of listed companies and as angel investor. Sophie Gasperment was appointed French Foreign Trade Advisor in 2005, elected to the UK executive board, and has also contributed to the Business Advisory Council of Saïd Business School, Oxford University. Sophie Gasperment serves as a non-executive director on the board of Kingfisher plc, of the D’Ieteren group, of Givaudan SA and is the Lead Independent Director of Cimpress, a Nasdaq-listed technology company. Sophie Gasperment is a graduate of ESSEC and Insead business schools.

Qiong'Er Jiang
Independent director

  • First appointed as a director on July 12, 2016.
  • Current term due to expire at the close of the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting to be called to approve the financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2021.
  • French national.
  • Chief Executive Officer and Artistic Director of Shang Xia.

Qiong’Er Jiang founded a number of design companies before setting up the Chinese subsidiary of Artcurial. In 2008, she teamed up with Hermès to create Shang Xia, China’s first luxury brand. In 2013 and 2016, respectively, she was awarded the titles of Chevalier des Arts et Lettres and Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite by the French President. Qiong’Er Jiang is a graduate of the design school at Tongji University (China) and has also studied interior design and furniture design at École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Paris.

Bruno Pavlovsky
Independent Director

  • First appointed as a director on June 30, 2020.
  • Current term due to expire at the close of the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting to be called to approve the financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2022
  • French national.
  • Chairman of Chanel SAS and Chanel’s President of Global Fashion

Bruno Pavlovsky began his career with Deloitte, before joining Chanel in 1990. He is currently Chairman of Chanel SAS and Chanel’s President of Global Fashion. He is also President of Chanel’s Métiers d’Art unit, Chairman of Eres, Vice Chairman of Chambre Syndicale de la Mode Féminine, Chairman of the Comité Colbert’s Commission Influence et Politiques Publiques and Chairman of Fondation de l’Institut Français de la Mode. Bruno Pavlovsky is a graduate of the Bordeaux Ecole Supérieure de Commerce and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Nicolas Sarkozy
Independent Director

  • First appointed as a director on February 21, 2017.
  • Current term due to expire at the close of the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting to be called to approve the financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2021.
  • French national.
  • Leader of the French political party Les Républicains from November 2014 to November 2016.

Nicolas Sarkozy was the President of the French Republic from 2007 to 2012. His previous positions include Mayor of Neuilly-sur-Seine (1983-2002), National Assembly Representative for Hauts-de-Seine (1988-2002), President of the General Council for Hauts-de-Seine (2004-2007), Minister for the Budget (1993-1995), Minister for Communications (1994-1995), Government spokesman (1993-1995), Minister of the Interior, Internal Security and Local Freedoms (2002-2004), Minister of State, Minister for the Economy, Finance and Industry (2004), Minister of State, Minister of the Interior and Town and Country Planning (2005-2007). He was also the elected leader of French political parties UMP (2004-2007) and Les Républicains (2014-2016). A trained lawyer, Nicolas Sarkozy is married and has four children. He is the author of several books, including Libre, Témoignage, La France pour la Vie and Tout pour la France.

Christine Serre
Director representing employees

  • First appointed as a director on January 27, 2021.
  • Current term due to expire on January 27, 2024.
  • French national.

A graduate of the Bordeaux Hotel School, Christine joined Accor in 1992 where she first held hotel operating functions and sales functions within the Distribution Department. She has held various positions as employee representative, in particular at the level of the European works council and the France Group works council. Christine is currently Project Manager within the Top Line Southern Europe Department.

Isabelle Simon
Independent Director

  • First appointed as a director on July 12, 2016.
  • Current term due to expire at the close of the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting to be called to approve the financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2021.
  • French national.
  • Group Secretary & General Counsel, member of the Executive Committee, Thales Group.

Isabelle Simon began her career in 1995 as a lawyer at law firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, where she practiced in Paris and New York. In 2003, she became Executive Director of the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs. In 2009, she joined the Publicis Group as Senior Vice-President, heading the M&A and Legal Departments and managing the Group’s external development strategy and minority holdings. In 2011, Isabelle Simon became Senior Vice-President of Société des Bains de Mer de Monaco, where she headed the Real Estate, Marketing & Sales, Artistic, Communications and Legal Departments and was responsible for internal and external development operations. In 2015, she was appointed Group Secretary & General Counsel, and a member of the Executive Committee, of the Thales Group. Isabelle Simon is a graduate of Sciences Po Paris, HEC and Harvard Law School. She also holds a DEA postgraduate diploma in English and North American business law from Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne and a DESS postgraduate diploma in international taxation from the Université Jean Monnet. She is also a qualified lawyer, and has been admitted to the Paris Bar and the New York Bar.

Sarmad Zok
Director

  • First appointed as a director on: July 12, 2016.
  • Current term due to expire at the close of the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting to be called to approve the financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2021.
  • Lebanese and British national.
  • CEO of Kingdom Hotel Investments and Non-Executive Board Director of Kingdom Holding Company.

Sarmad Zok is Chief Executive Officer of Kingdom Hotel Investments (UK ltd), and a non-executive director on the boards of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, BlackRock Frontiers Investment Trust plc and Kingdom Holding Company. In 2006, Mr. Zok led KHI on its initial public offering on the Dubai International Financial Exchange (the predecessor to NASDAQ Dubai) and the London Stock Exchange. Since a successful take-private he has headed KHI’s accomplished hotel investment management team in Dubai in managing an integrated luxury hospitality investment portfolio across the US, Europe and growth/developing markets in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. In 2016, he successfully led the KHI team on the sale and merger of Fairmont Raffles with Accor. In his early career, Mr. Zok worked at HVS International and Hilton International. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Hotel Management from the University of Surrey and a Master of Arts in Property Valuation and Law from City University Business School in London.