AccorHotels has named Bain & Company partner Amir Nahai as the new Chief Executive Officer of its Food & Beverage business. Nahai, who spent 16 years with Bain, has been tasked with revamping the food and drinks which it serves in its 3,700+ hotels worldwide, the latest move in a shakeup aimed at boosting growth.
American-native Amir Nahai graduated from Dartmouth College, after which he joined Bain & Company, one of the globe’s most prestigious consulting firms. During his 16 year spell at the consultancy he supported clients across the hospitality, gaming, media/entertainment and technology sectors. Throughout his career, Nahai worked out of multiple offices in the US (Boston, New York, Los Angeles), Asia (Singapore, Thailand, India, China) and Europe (Paris, London). Nahai in addition holds an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.
Per the 1st of September 2015 Nahai decided to leave his Partner role at the advisory firm (most recently based in New York), moving on to become the Chief Executive for Officer Food & Beverage at AccorHotels. In his new role he will be responsible for the F&B business worldwide, working closely with the regional CEOs and the Global Marketing teams to redefine Accor’s F&B strategy for each region and brand. Nahai, who will be a member of the Group’s Executive Committee, will also be responsible for rolling out F&B concepts.
The appointment of Nahai does not come as a major surprise for insiders. Accor, which has 3,700 hotels worldwide ranging from the luxury Sofitel to the budget Ibis brands, is undergoing a three-year reorganisation begun in 2013 by Chief Executive Sebastien Bazin. The chief executive not so long ago revealed that the next step of the transition is to unleash the growth potential of Accor's food and beverage offering, which accounted for 25% of total group revenue in 2014. “Rethinking in-depth our food and beverage offer is one of our priorities to ensure the success of AccorHotels' transformation,” Bazin recently stated.
The move for Nahai in particular follows from a successful cooperation between the two. In his Partner role at Bain, Nahai advised Accor on a range of strategic matters, Bazin reflecting “In his previous roles, Amir actively worked along with us to establish the right diagnosis and I am very glad of his joining us to accelerate the implementation of our new F&B strategy”.
Bazin adds: “Amir’s international experience and his extensive knowledge of the hotel-restaurant field will be great assets to assist our teams in the rolling out of our strategy as well as to position our catering offer as a truly differentiating factor for our guests, partners and employees.”