Sarah Derry steps up to lead Accor Pacific

Accor CEO Sarah Derry.

Sarah Derry has been appointed CEO of Accor Pacific, replacing Simon McGrath who will be heading to a new role at Crown Resorts.

Derry is currently Senior Vice President Talent and Culture and joined Accor in 2017 after having owned and operated her own successful business for over 10 years.

“I am delighted to welcome Sarah to Accor’s executive committee as new CEO of Accor Pacific,” Accor Chairman and CEO Sébastien Bazin said.

“She not only brings a wealth of experience to the role, but also a unique understanding of Accor’s values and culture. Her strategic expertise, gained over an impressive career in hospitality, will no doubt prove invaluable as our growth in the region continues.”

Bazin also thanked McGrath for his 15 years of service at Accor.

“He has been unwavering in his commitment to the team and our business, and steered Accor to be the largest hotel operator in the Pacific, going from 120 hotels to over 400,” said Bazin.

“He’s introduced new brands to market, including Pullman, Mövenpick, Sofitel SO and ibis Styles and successfully led the Mirvac Hotels & Resorts and Mantra acquisitions. His expertise in forging and managing partnerships across sporting, entertainment and lifestyle realms is second to none. We wish him all the best in his next chapter.”

Derry said she was excited to be leading the Accor team in the Pacific as the industry transitions from recovery to growth.

“Providing memorable world-class experiences for our guests and loyalty members while bringing our teams on the journey will continue to be a priority and I am looking forward to working closely with our owners, partners and industry colleagues,” she said.