A member of Accenture's board of directors since April 2012, Gilles C. Pélisson is an experienced business leader who most recently served as Chairman and CEO of Accor SA, the Paris-based global hotel group.
Mr. Pélisson began his career with Accor in 1983 in the United States and then served as Senior Vice President for Accor’s Asia-Pacific region, based in Los Angeles. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the French Courtepaille restaurants in 1988 and Co-CEO of the Novotel hotel chain in 1993.
From 1995 to 2000, Mr. Pélisson served as the Chief Executive Officer of Disneyland Paris Resort and as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer beginning in 1997. In 2000, he joined the SUEZ group to lead the ST 3G consortium bid for a mobile license and took over as Chairman of Noos, a cable network operator in France. In 2001, he joined mobile operator Bouygues Telecom as Chief Executive Officer and was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in February 2004.
Mr. Pélisson rejoined Accor as CEO in 2006 and was appointed Chairman in 2009. He served as CEO of Accor until December 2010 and as Chairman until January 2011.
In addition to serving on Accenture's board of directors, Mr. Pélisson serves on the boards of TF1 Group, Groupe L Barrière Hotels and Casinos and Sun International and is a member of the global senior advisory board of Jefferies Group, Inc. He is the Chairman of the ESSEC (École Supérieure des Sciences Économiques et Commerciales) Business School Foundation and a former member of the executive board of MEDEF, the French Employers’ Association. Mr. Pélisson was awarded both the Légion d’Honneur and the Ordre National du Mérite, as a Chevalier, from the French Republic.
Mr. Pélisson studied at ESSEC in Paris and holds an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.