Acar named Raffles & Orient Express CEO

Accor has appointed Omer Acar as Raffles & Orient Express CEO. His appointment will be effective March 1.

Acar will be based in New York. He will be reporting directly to Sébastien Bazin on the Luxury & Lifestyle Executive Committee and will work closely alongside the other brand CEOs of the division. To enhance the group’s reach and recognition in the U.S., Acar will also assume responsibility for representing Accor in the North American market.

Acar started his career at Four Seasons in various operational positions at several hotels in the U.S. and Egypt. He moved to Harrods in England as group director of food & beverage in 2005, was appointed general manager of the Ritz in Paris in 2006, then moved to Le Royal Monceau – Raffles Paris in the same capacity in 2011. He joined Katara Hospitality in 2014 as managing director for Europe and the Americas, where he supervised 18 hotels including The Plaza in New York; Peninsula in Paris; Carlton in Cannes, France; Excelsior in Rome; and Grosvenor House and The Savoy in London.