Global Chief Development Officer , AccorHotels
Gaurav Bhushan is the Global Chief Development Officer of AccorHotels, responsible for overseeing the group’s hotel development strategy worldwide
AccorHotels currently has almost 3,800 hotels across 92 countries. AccorHotels broad portfolio of hotel brands – including Sofitel, Pullman, MGallery, Grand Mercure, The Sebel, Novotel, Mercure, ibis, ibis Styles and ibis budget – provides an extensive offer from luxury to budget. With a strong development pipeline of more than 875 hotels and over 150,000 rooms, AccorHotels opens, on average, a new hotel every two days somewhere in the world.
Reporting to CEO and Chairman Sebastien Bazin, Gaurav manages the group’s relationships with investors and partners and is responsible for signing new hotels to the network.
Gaurav began his career with Accor in 1995 in Australia, where he held various posts in operations and finance. From 2006 he headed the Asia Pacific development teams. It was in this capacity that he was able to secure the acquisition of Mirvac Hotels & Resorts in Australia and New Zealand and, more recently, the strategic alliance with Huazhu in China. He was promoted to Global Chief Development Officer role in July 2015 and joined AccorHotels Executive Committee on January 1st 2017
Gaurav has an MBA from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT University) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Finance & Investments from the Securities Institute of Australia