Mr. Gérard Pélisson co-Founded Novotel chain and served as its Co-Chairman since 1963 with Paul Dubrule. He is a co-founder and served as Co-Chairman at Accor SA until February 2009.
He served as President of the Council of French Investment in Africa (CIAN), President of the Union of French Citizens Abroad (UFE), Chairman and Co-Founder of the Brillat-Savarin Foundation, Co-Founder and Vice-Chairman of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), President of the Ecole Superieure de Commerce of Lyon from 1990 to 1996. Mr. Pélisson's distinctions and awards inculdes Awarded Commander in the Légion d'Honneur and Officer in the Ordre National du Mérite. He holds an Engineering degree, Ecole Centrale des Arts et Manufactures, Paris and Master of Science in Industrial Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA).