CEO Premium, Midscale & Economy

ACCOR Europe & North Africa


This was a first!   

As you might know by now, we had the pleasure of teaming up with YHS and hosting the very first SMACK Live! podcast event with Patrick Mendes, CEO at ACCOR for Premium, Midscale & Economy in Europe and North Africa.

Patrick shared a lot of insights with Fritz and the students at EHL about his career path (which he actually started off by quitting hospitality and the hotel business), and the possibilities the ACCOR world has to offer but especially the “PME” – Premium, Midscale and Economy sector, which seems to be generally, slightly underrated.

He talked about his personal experience in Latin America and about heartfelt topics that he likes to personally support such as diversity and inclusion. The adventures he witnessed in hotel development from the West to the East and of course also about what’s cooking at ACCOR’s development these days, as well as Paris2024 and loyalty programs.

Patrick lifted the secrets about ACCOR’s vast structure of brands and regions and answered a gazillion questions from the students during a live Q&A and in individual chats after the recording. 

Do listen closely to what he says about work-life balance, especially if you are aiming for a c-level position!

Best now, if you tune in to the episode yourself!

Enjoy the show!