Sarah Derry is the CEO of Accor Pacific- Premium, Midscale & Economy. She joined Accor in April 2017 to lead Talent and Culture, before her appointment to CEO in February 2022. Sarah has over 30 years’ experience in hospitality, working for international hotel companies and excelling in her early career in operations. Sarah has an entrepreneurial background,
having owned and operated her own successful business for over 10 years before joining Accor. As Senior Vice President of Talent and Culture, Sarah was responsible for transforming
Accor’s people and culture strategies, successfully integrating Accor’s HEARTIST values and culture into operations and guest service across Australia and New Zealand.
Sarah has completed post-graduate studies in Human Resource Management, Training, Executive Coaching and Organisational Development. Sarah is an active Director in companies in Australia and New Zealand. Sarah is committed to causes and organisations that make a difference to the broader community and tries to find innovative ways to drive positive change in the world, especially in education, wellbeing and social impact. Sarah is an advisor to Two Good Co who support women in crisis through catering, employment and training pathways. Sarah is also an advisor to founder of BETTER Timor who are committed to empowering East Timor through Education. Sarah is a respected speaker and expert in the areas of strategic business management, or anisational behaviour, leadership development, culture transformation and executive coaching.