Gerard Pelisson Founder of Accor
Gerard Pelisson Founder of Accor

Biography of Gerard Pelisson

Early Life

Gerard Pelisson founder of Accor is a famous French businessman and entrepreneur. He bore in the year of 1932 on February 9thin Paris, France. He started his early education in his local town school and later on for formal education, he joined Ecole Centrale Paris. He graduated from that institute and later on, for further education of engineering, he joined Massachusetts institute of technology which is located in Massachusetts in United States of America. He earned his engineering degree from there in the year of 1955 and became a professional engineer in a very young age.

Initial Career

After his education completion, he was thinking of starting his own career. For this purpose, firstly he tried to find a job and after sometime he started working as an engineer in Paris. After initial career as an engineer he got the exposure of the field and started to design different hotels and resorts. He was the person behind the designs and maps of many well known hotels of that time in France.

Co Founder of Accor

Gerard Pelisson is widely credited as co founder of Accor. After his initial career as an engineer in hotel industry, he realized the fact that the travel industry in France is booming in the way that it will become a well revenue producer industry in upcoming days. He had moved back to United States of America at that time and was living with Paul Dubrule. Both of the guys were working in major computer firms as engineer and were good friends. They shared their ideas of starting their own business of hotel industry to cover the travel industry of France. In this regard, they went into business together and co founded the SIEH which was the first hotel of Accor group of hotels.


Accor was co founded by Gerard Pelisson and Paul Dubrule in the year of 1967. The company was founded with its first office in Massachusetts.  The main idea behind this company was of getting the hold of hotel and travel industry of France which was basically idea of Gerard Pelission and was fully supported by Paul. Initially, they started their chain of hotels of Accor with its first hotel named as SIEH which was a family hotel. Generally Accor is a hospitality resort and hotel sector chain with its branches in more than 92 countries all over the world including Brazil, Argentina, Austria, Chile, Ecuador, India, Portugal, Peru and Mexico. Presently this company has the 133,886 employees working with it and its head quarter is in Paris, France. The employee growth of Accor is about -8% with global revenue of 7.3 billion United States dollars. It was ranked at number one for the best place to work in the year of 1997.

Present Situation

Presently He is living in his hometown in Paris, France and is about 82 years of age. He is the president of Accor since the year of 1997.