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Patrick Mendes - CEO, South America, AccorHotels

Bi-cultural (French-Portuguese), Aged 49, father of 3 children; Patrick spent a large part of his professional life working internationally (Spain, Portugal, South America, Caribbean, USA, France, Wales, Asia Pac, UK and Indian Ocean). His passion for tourism and hotel business started in Bordeaux, where he studied 5 years in a hotel management school.

Graduated from INSEAD Paris, plus a Master in Management (IUP Chambery) and a MBA in Management and Marketing (IAE Aix-en-Provence), Patrick started in the hospitality industry on the operation side (Forte in Wales, Intercontinental in UK), and Tourism and services industry in France, Portugal and Spain.

After an experience as a consultant working for tourism development in France and Southern Europe, he joined Edenred in 1994.

Based in Paris for several years, he contributed to the huge Edenred Development (incentive, events, vouchers and cards), managing sales team, marketing and developing new products. He then spent 2 years in charge of operations for Caribbean and Indian Ocean.

In 2000, Patrick moved to Lisbon for 3 years, managing Edenred Spain-Portugal and “Incentive House”, a company acting in the Meeting and Incentive industry.

In 2004, Patrick joined the AccorHotels Global organization as Senior VP Global Sales & Distribution. He was leading an international team of 34 global sales offices worldwide, managing global accounts, defining strategy for Marketing, sales and distribution. He was directly responsible for several European countries, North America, Nordic markets, and development for Asia, Middle East and South America.

In 2011: Patrick is back in operation and assumes one of the key Business Unit in Latin America: more than 100 hotels, “4 to 5 stars”. After 2 years, he is appointed COO for all the luxury, Upscale & Midscale Brands for South America, based in Sao Paulo (Sofitel, Pullman, Grand Mercure, MGallery, Novotel, Mercure, Adagio).

In JULY 2015, Patrick is appointed CEO ACCORHOTELS South America, in charge of 327 Hotels in operation, and 200 in pipeline, from Economy to Luxury Brands representing a $ 1 Bi USD turnover and more than 15.000 Employees.

On a personal note, Patrick is a sport addict, practicing cycling, running, skiing, golf, and adventure sports. He participated to several major international competitions (Raid Gauloises, Elf Authentique Adventure, bike races, Marathon)

Patrick Mendes is member of:
ACTE & MPI associations
Several Sport associations
French-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce
FOHB (Brazilian Hoteliers Federation) as VP Strategy & Trends