Francois Baudin has recently been appointed as Senior Vice President Development, Luxury Hotels for Europe, Middle East and Africa for AccorHotels. He brings over 25 years of hospitality experience spanning across Europe and the Middle East within leading hotel companies, including Starwood Hotels & Resorts, InterContinental Hotels Group and FRHI Hotels & Resorts (Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel). It was with Starwood in 1993 as Project Controller Europe where Francois was responsible for numerous developments and hotel refurbishments and was a member of the acquisition team of Ciga Hotels. When he joined InterContinental Hotels Group in 2003, Francois held the position of Director of Corporate Finance Europe and subsequently Director of Development Europe. He first joined FRHI in 2007 as Vice President Development Europe and soon after added the Middle East and Africa to his portfolio as Senior Vice President for the luxury hospitality company. Francois is a graduate of IMHI Cornell/Essec in Paris (1993) and is based in Dubai.