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Rising Accor Indigenous star gets appointment with Australia’s Prime Minister

Malcolm TurnBull, Simon McGrath, Kristy Stanton

This week (Tuesday 9 February), AccorHotels Chief Operating Officer Simon McGrath and Indigenous employee Kristy Stanton were invited to join Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, and young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders from across Australia at an exclusive event held to celebrate the achievements of young Indigenous entrepreneurs and businesses .

Kristy Stanton is AccorHotels’ first female Aboriginal employee to participate in the Executive Leadership Program, a leadership pathway program designed to accelerate the progression of high potential line managers to become Hotel General Managers within two years.

On completion, Kristy will become AccorHotels first ever Indigenous Hotel General Manager – a major milestone for Kristy and AccorHotels’ Reconciliation programs.

“I joined the program to fast track my career and because of the specific training and development opportunities it offers,” she said.

“I started the program as a Restaurant Manager in a large Sydney CBD hotel and now the I’m responsible for Front Office and Revenue Management at Mercure Kooindah Waters on the Central Coast of NSW.

“I feel proud to be creating a pathway for more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders within AccorHotels and believe that the opportunities are endless with the support of our Indigenous Programs Team,” she said.

As a proud partner of the Employment Parity Initiative with the goal of reaching 660 new employment outcomes by 2018, AccorHotels invests heavily into the recruitment and retention of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and building leaders for the future.

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