Accor has announced three appointments within its luxury and lifestyle division, with the organisational changes set to be effective as of 1 January 2024.

Gilda Perez-Alvarado and Maxime d’Angeac will adopt the roles of CEO and Artistic Director of Orient Express respectively. Management of the Orient Express brand will be based in Paris, while Perez-Alvarado will remain Chief Strategy Officer of the Accor Group.

Omer Acar meanwhile has been named as CEO of Fairmont, replacing Mark Willis who becomes Advisor to Sébastien Bazin, Chairman and CEO of Accor. Acar will also remain CEO of Raffles, based in New York City.

Gilda Perez-Alvarado

Perez-Alvarado joined Accor in October 2023 as Chief Strategy Officer and member of Accor’s Management Board. As part of her role, she is in charge of overseeing global strategy, relations with hotel owners and strategic partnerships.

Maxime d’Angeac

Since 2021, D’Angeac has designed the new Orient Express train and as well as upcoming vessel Orient Express Silenseas. His thorough approach consists in a perfect handdrawn blueprint and precise detail, which he perfects with an extremely precise thought process on light. In his works, D’Angeac deliberately carries the complete weight of creation, from the first sketches to the ornamentation of the finalised result.

Omer Acar

Acar joined Accor in March 2023 as CEO of Raffles and Orient Express and serves as a member of the Group’s Luxury & Lifestyle Executive Committee. Based in New York City, he also has the responsibility of representing Accor on the North American market.