Acco has appointed Marc Dardenne as chief operating officer, luxury brands, Europe. The hotelier moves from his previous role as chief operating officer of Amaala, an ultra-luxury resort destination project on the Red Sea sponsored by the Public Investment Fund.
Prior to that role, he was the former interim CEO and chief operating officer at Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts in Dubai.
In his current role, he will now oversee the operations of around 50 luxury hotels in Europe and nine properties under development. This includes top tier brands like Raffles, Fairmont, SO/, Sofitel and others as well as flagship properties such as Raffles Europejski Warsaw, Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam and The Savoy, A Fairmont Managed Hotel in London.
Dardenne has nearly four decades of global hospitality experience in both hotel and real estate groups. Earlier in his career, he worked with Ritz Carlton, then Emaar Hospitality, where he collaborated with Giorgio Armani to expand the Armani brand into hospitality with hotels in Dubai and Milan.
Dardenne has also been involved in developing luxury and lifestyle brands such as The Address Hotels and Resorts, Patina Hotels & Resorts and Zabeel House.
Originating from France, Belgium and Switzerland, Dardenne studied at the Hospitality School in Lausanne and is fluent in English, French and German.