Following Accor’s purchase of Mövenpick earlier this year, there has been unsurprising shuffling off the deck in the management structure of the both organisations, including the transfer of Mark Willis – Mövenpick’s 2018 marquee signing for president for Asia – to Dubai as CEO of AccorHotels Middle East and Africa.
Now Accor has unveiled two more appointments as it forges ahead with its avaricious growth strategy. Jeff Tisdall has been appointed as SVP development residential and extended stay, while Andrew Langdon will take on the role of senior vice president of development in Asia, responsible for Souteast Asia, Japan and Korea. They will be members of the Global Development Co-Dir.
Tisdall, whose current role is VP of international residential development, who came with the acquisition of FHRI in 2016, has been instrumental in integrating the Fairmont, Raffles and Swissotel (FRS) pipeline and leveraging Accorhotels’ brand’s potential. Langdon joins from the Swiss firm where he was global chief development officer.
In addition to his new responsibility, Langdon will continue to coordinate the development of the Mövenpick brand for the coming months.
“We access the best talents in our industry”
Gaurav Bhutan, global chief development officer for AccorHotels, said: “We have very ambitious development targets and the appointment of both Jeff and Andrew will allow us to grow in new segments and ensure that we maintain our leadership position globally.
“One of the key aspects of our acquisition strategy has been to ensure we access the best talents in our industry and these men are two of the best in the business.”
AccorHotels’ global residential portfolio pipeline has seen tremendous growth since the acquisition of the FRS brands, from 24 projects in 2016 to over 50 projects today. Residential is also a key lever to driving luxury development and hence plays an important role in the Group’s overall development strategy.