Gaurav Bhushan holds an MBA from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT University) and a postgraduate degree in finance. He began his career at Accor in Australia in 1995, holding various posts in operations and finance before moving into development, as Business Development Manager for Australia and New Zealand, in 2000. He was subsequently appointed Chief Development Officer for Australia, New Zealand and Japan, and then VP Development for North Asia and the Pacific in 2004. From 2006 he headed Accor’s Asia Pacific development teams and was subsequently promoted to the Global Chief Development Officer role in July 2015. Bhushan joined the Group’s Executive Committee in January 2017. In October 2020, he was appointed CEO of the group’s newly established Lifestyle division.