Philippe Bourguignon was born in Salins, France. He spent his boyhood in Morocco, then as a teen moved to Aix-en-Provence. He has a Masters Degree in Economics from the Université Paul Cézanne Aix-Marseille III and holds a post-graduate diploma from the Institut d'Administration des Entreprises de Paris (IAE Paris). Bourguignon is married with two children.
Bourguignon spent 14 years with the Accor group from 1974 to 1988, and was eventually promoted to President of Accor for the Asia/Pacific region. During this time he relocated to the US to develop the Sofitel and Novotelbrands, and oversaw the construction of Novotel New York which opened in 1984.
While still in the U.S., Bourguignon was recruited by The Walt Disney Company as the head of real estate development. After joining Disney, he spent two years in California before relocating to Paris in October 1992 to be the president of Euro Disney.
In 1997 Bourguignon was appointed Chairman and CEO of Club Méditerranée (Club Med), a position he held until 2003.
In 2003, Bourguignon became Co-CEO of the World Economic Forum (known as Davos), and during 2004 and 2005 he was the chairman of Aegis Media France.
Since 2006 Bourguignon was Vice Chairman of Revolution Places and CEO of Revolution Places Development. Philippe sits the Boards of Zipcar, a car sharing company (USA); Vinfolio, serving wine-enthusiasts and collectors worldwide (USA) Informed Judgment (Geneva, Switzerland) and Palais de Tokyo, a center for Contemporary Art in Paris, France. He was chairman of the "Scientific Committee of Law and Economics" at the French Ministry of Justice in 2004 and 2005) after being an adviser to th
e French Minister of foreign affairs in 2003. In 2005, he published a book in France, Hop!, on the paradoxes of the world and the French economy.
In January 2009, Bourguignon became CEO of Miraval resorts. The first Miraval resort covered 400 acres (1.6 km2) at the base of the Catalina Mountains near Tucson, Arizona. In July 2011, Bourguignon was named CEO of Exclusive Resorts. Exclusive Resorts was founded in 2002 and has grown to be the world's largest and best destination club.