In our first-ever Thailand feature of this columnChristophe Lejeune, Vice President Talent & Culture - Upper Southeast & Northeast Asia and the Maldives, Accor, takes us through his day, which starts with sunlight and a smile, and unwinds with a glass of red wine.

Q What is the one thing that gets you out of bed every morning?

The sun light. I love to wake up with the sun, it gives me positive energy and I start the day with a smile.

Q What's on today's task list at the office?

Today, my task list includes a few candidate interviews, a meeting with university students to discuss the future of the hotel industry in Thailand, and finally, a meeting with my boss to present the 2020 budget for my region.

Q What's on your office desk?

My lucky number: 8

Q What's for lunch?

I like to walk outside the office by myself and pick a street-food restaurant. I look at the people and eat my favourite Thai dish: som tam (papaya salad) with grilled chicken.

Q What can people expect when they receive a meeting invite from you?

Usually, I like to conduct meetings in a very casual atmosphere. However, I am very straight to the point and I expect the same in return.

Q Coffee or tea - which is your go-to drink for the 4.00pm slump?

I like a cup of fresh orange juice…from the street shop.

Q It's the end of the long work day - what's your favourite way to end it?

A glass of red wine with my partner and friends.


To all our CHRO friends across Asia: We’d love for a sneak peek at what motivates you, your favourite lunch menu, how you manage your time – anything that completes your day. If you’re keen to share, do reach out to Priya Sunil at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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