Russell Scott is the Vice President of Food & Beverage for Accor’s Brands in the Middle East. He brings more than three decades of hospitality experience spanning across Europe and the Middle East within leading global companies including Jumeirah Restaurant Group, Terra Firma, Scottish & Newcastle and M.H Alshaya Co. Over the years he has led teams to win prestigious accolades across the globe including Restaurant of the Year, Best New Concept, Chef of the Year, Bar Team of the Year and Best Design.
Russell joined Accor in 2017 to focus on creating synergies across the Luxury Brands in order to capitalise and leverage marketing, communications, loyalty, design and technical services. Being the largest hospitality company in the Middle East & Africa Russell took on the challenge to grow the portfolio of restuarants and along with the team create unique dining experiences.
Previously Russell held the position of Managing Director for Jumeirah Restaurant Group where he pioneered an approach to take a large portfolio of restaurants out of the direct hotel management to form an independent commercial restaurant company and prior to that Russell was Vice President Asset Management – Food & Beverage at Jumeirah Group.
With a wealth of knowledge in the GCC market, Russell uses his global brand knowledge coupled with local market intricacies to ensure an integrated approach, which is key to the luxury portfolio of Accor.
Russell holds a degree in Corporate Finance from London Business School, UK and is based in Dubai.