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Debbie Simister

Global Vice President Talent Management - Sofitel, Sofitel Legend, MGallery & Emblems


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I have always been fascinated by people and the power of human connection. My career is my passion and has been dedicated to creating incredible employee experiences in human centred organisations. Add into the mix a challenging environment that is creative and future focussed, and you will see me at my best. My career as a Human Resources executive spans more than two decades with multi-disciplinary global expertise within hospitality and high-end luxury consumer goods. Specific areas of expertise: cultural transformation; new business integration; leadership assessment and development; talent management and facilitation; organisational change; strategy development and execution; instructional design; employer branding; employee engagement; and performance management. At Accor, I lead the people strategy for La Maison and am responsible for providing strategic and forward thinking leadership and talent management best practice, to develop and implement planned interventions to increase organization effectiveness. Working with senior operational leaders and HR Business Partners, this position plays a critical role in planning and executing Talent Management and Organizational Development initiatives. Together, we aim to build organisational capability, to identify, retain and inspire our talent to have fulfilling careers, ensuring all Heartists are enabled to Be Limitless and to Grow, Learn and Enjoy. To view current talent opportunities at Accor, visit

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Global Vice President Talent Management - Sofitel, Sofitel Legend, MGallery & Emblems at Accor


Master of Social and Organisational Leadership (Coaching Major)