Published on : Tuesday, June 16, 2015
AccorHotels has announced the appointment of Garth Simmons to the position of Chief Operating Officer Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore, effective from 1 July 2015. Garth has been with Accor since 2007 in a variety of strategic positions, including most recently as Senior Vice President New Zealand, Pacific Islands and Japan. He replaces Gerard Guillouet, who was with the group since 1986.
With over 30 years of experience in hospitality, Garth is one of AccorHotels’ most respected leaders, with a reputation for driving performance and forging strong relationships with owners and key tourism partners. In his most recent position in New Zealand, he led the country to record growth in direct web revenue (increased by 33%) and achieved strong increases in both network development and hotel performance.
Prior to this, he was Regional General Manager for AccorHotels NSW and ACT properties, where again he proved his ability to develop his staff and achieve strong growth. In addition to his responsibilities with AccorHotels, Garth also oversaw the company’s management of Qantas’ First Class Lounges in Sydney and Melbourne Airports.
Garth makes his move to Indonesia at a time when AccorHotels is enjoying tremendous growth in Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore, with a network of more than 100 hotels and a development pipeline of over 75 hotels in coming years across the three countries.
“I am very excited to make this move to Asia as we approach our milestone 100th hotel in Indonesia later his year,” said Garth Simmons. “AccorHotels has a strong history in the region as we opened our first hotel in Asia in Singapore in 1982 and since then our network has grown strongly, especially in Indonesia, where we currently have 76 hotels. I look forward to being part of our excellent teams in Asia and to building our position as the largest and most dynamic hotel group in these countries.”
AccorHotels is a Group united by a shared passion for hospitality and driven by a shared promise to make everyone Feel Welcome. Over 180,000 women and men in 3,700 AccorHotels establishments look after thousands of guests every day in 92 countries. AccorHotels is the world’s leading hotel operator and offers its customers, partners and employees:
– its dual expertise as a hotel operator and franchisor (HotelServices) and a hotel owner and investor (HotelInvest);
– a large portfolio of internationally renowned brands covering the full spectrum, with luxury (Sofitel, Pullman, MGallery, Grand Mercure, The Sebel), midscale (Novotel, Suite Novotel, Mercure, Mama Shelter, Adagio) economy (ibis, ibis Styles, ibis budget, adagio access and hotelF1) establishments;
– a powerful marketplace and loyalty program Le Club AccorHotels
– almost half a century of commitment to corporate citizenship and solidarity with the PLANET 21 program.