Accor Appoints Arun Rana as New Design Manager for Northern Europe

Posted in Business, News, People on 8 April, 2019

Accor has appointed Arun Rana as Design Manager for Northern Europe with a particular focus on midscale and economy brands. Arun will play an integral role in the Design and Technical Services Team developing the extensive new projects Accor has in the pipeline, briefing and collaborating with designers to achieve the best hotel designs in Accor’s Midscale and Economy range.

Arun joins Accor from Philip Watts Design, an independent agency where he worked as Senior Lead Designer for eight years. He has a background in hospitality design, ranging from F&B concepts to full hotel establishments and has worked alongside Accor for several years.

Arun Rana, Design Manager, Northern Europe at Accor said: “I am delighted to be joining Accor at this exciting time for the Northern Europe business. There are some bold and innovative design concepts coming out of Accor at the moment, not least the new ibis bedroom and public space designs, a new meeting room concept for Novotel, the launch of Tribe in the UK and a significant number of hotel launches across the region. It is an exciting time to be leading design for Accor economy and midmarket brands in the region.”

Arun’s appointment comes alongside a number of senior appointments across Northern Europe. The appointments include:

  • Cristina De Oliveira Frewen, SVP Franchise Operations, Northern Europe: Cristina has extensive experience building and maintaining the UK and Ireland franchise network and will work closely with the teams in Benelux and Scandinavia to develop strong franchise partnerships across the region
  • Shumi Khan, Director of Business Intelligence and Revenue Management – Northern Europe: Shumi brings a wealth of experience in the field of analytics from previous roles across multiple industries. Within the hospitality sector she has worked in the revenue and analytics space at JAC Travel and Expedia
  • Dana Lewis, Director of Global Sales, MICE & Leisure – Northern Europe: Dana has just celebrated 19 years with Accor and has been Director of Global Meetings, Events & Leisure sales based in the UK for the past 12 years. The new role will extend her remit across Northern Europe, driving the key MICE and leisure market in this territory.
  • Ruth Finnis, Director of Guest Loyalty and Partnerships, Northern Europe: Ruth joined the UK & Ireland Accor team in 2018 having worked in marketing and loyalty at global hotel groups. The new role comes at a key time as Accor prepares to launch its new lifestyle loyalty programme, ALL: Accor Live Limitless, later this year.

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