26. Duncan O’Rourke

Company: Accor Group
Designation: CEO for the Middle East, Africa, Türkiye & Asia Pacific / Premium, Midscale & Economy brands
Nationality: Irish
Sector: Hotels and Resorts

O’Rourke assumed his current role in January 2023. He oversees 1,000 operating hotels and resorts and more than 200 properties in the pipeline with brands including Swissotel, Movenpick, Pullman, Grand Mercure, and Novotel, among others. Accor employs 100,000 people in the Middle East, Africa, Türkiye, and Asia Pacific. O’Rourke has 35 years of experience and has been with Accor since 2016. He previously served as the COO for Europe for the luxury segment and the COO for Central Europe, where he led Germany, Austria, and Switzerland from 2018. He is also a member of the group’s executive committee and manages the business for the Premium, Midscale, and Economy divisions for Accor across 44 countries.