Accor appoints VP of development luxury brands

Accor has announced the appointment of Maria Ashton to the role of vice president of development luxury brands Northern Europe.

Ashton will oversee the planned development of a number of new projects in Europe over the next couple of years, including the opening of Fairmont Windsor Park in the UK, scheduled for September 2021.

The new projects will add to Accor’s worldwide portfolio of over 270 hotels.

Ashton joins Accor from Oakwood Hospitality, where she was vice president of business development. Prior to this, she spent 13 years in feasibility and senior development roles with Hyatt Hotels throughout the UK, Switzerland and the US.

Camil Yazbeck, senior vice president, head of development, Accor Northern Europe, said: “I am thrilled to welcome Maria to further strengthen our development team in the region. Luxury remains a key priority for the group globally and in Europe as we look to enhance our already strong portfolio.”

Ashton added: “I am delighted to be joining Accor bringing my years of strategic business development experience to my new role as Vice President in the Northern European market.

“As we look to 2022 and beyond Accor is well placed to strengthen its portfolio with some spectacular projects planned.”

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