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|Laurent Idrac Biography|
Group CIO, AccorHotels
Vineet started with Fairmont Hotels in 1999 as Director of Corporate Technology. In 2001, Vineet was appointed Executive Director, Technology. In this capacity he was resAfter graduating from French business schools ESSCA and ESSEC, Laurent Idrac started his career with AccorHotels in 1983 where he held several positions in operations and support functions (finance, marketing and reservations). He notably managed all the worldwide call centers. From 2002 to 2012, he ran IT Departments for AccorHotels North America. He returned to France in 2012 to be appointed Group Chief Information Officer for AccorHotels.
Laurent Idrac has taken part in numerous IT projects including the design and roll-out of TARS (The AccorHotels Reservation system), which is used by the group’s 3,700 hotels, and of FOLS in-house PMS (Property Management System) in 1,800 hotels, as well as the management of CRM and sales force automation projects. Since 2012, he manages AccorHotels’s partnership with the Innovation Factory, the first innovation campus cluster in Paris. In 2014, Laurent Idrac has also been elected member of the Board of Governors of the association Hospitality Technology Next Generation (HTNG) which defines technology standards in hotels.