Published on : Friday, April 16, 2021
Brune Poirson has been appointed as the Chief Sustainability Officer at Accor and will become a member of the Executive Committee. Her role will be to define, drive and monitor the commitments, the strategy and the roll-out of the Group’s action plans in terms of sustainable development. She will also be responsible for the Accor Solidarity Foundation and the ALL Heartists Fund.
The appointment will become effective on May 5, 2021 and she will report directly to Sébastien Bazin, Chairman and CEO, Accor. Having always been committed to sustainable development, Poirson has dual experience working in the private and public sector. Within the French government, she championed the anti-waste law, which among other things addressed plastic pollution, and has been a member of major organizations both in France and internationally.
Until recently, Brune was a member of the French Parliament, and for three years was Secretary of State for the Environmental Transition. She was the first French person to be elected Vice President of the United Nations Environment Assembly. Poirson began her career in London, within NESTA, the UK-based Innovation Foundation, subsequently moving to the French Development Agency, and the Veolia group in India, before working in a green start-up incubator in Boston. Poirson is a graduate of the London School of Economics, Sciences Po Aix and Harvard Kennedy School of Government.