Gilles Pélisson is a graduate of ESSEC and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. He began his career at the Accor group in 1983, in the United States and in the Asia-Pacific region. He was then Managing Director of the Courtepaille restaurants, and subsequently Co-President of the Novotel hotel chain. He became CEO of Eurodisney in 1995 and Chairman and CEO in 1997, before joining the Suez group in 2000. He was appointed CEO of Bouygues Telecom in June 2001 and Chairman and CEO in February 2004. He was appointed CEO of the Accor group in 2006 and then Chairman and CEO, a position he held until January 2011.
From 2011 to 2015, he was independent director for Bic*, Barrière* (hotels/casinos France), NH Hotels* (Spain) and Sun Resorts International* (Mauritius) and Senior Advisor to investment bank Jefferies Inc. NY* (United States).
He has been director of the Accenture PLC* group (United States) since 2012, and was appointed senior independent director in January 2020. He is a director of Institut Paul Bocuse and Founding Chairman of Fondation Gérard & Gilles Pélisson for Institut Paul Bocuse.
He has been a director of TF1* since 2009, and Chairman and CEO of TF1 since 19 February 2016.
Gilles Pélisson is a Knight of the Legion of Honour and of the National Order of Merit.