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US Hotel chain Marriott to hire more Women for senior roles

Admin| Jul 04, 2016 - 10:16 AM India

US Hotel chain Marriott to hire more Women for senior roles

Besides working on its $12.1-billion acquisition of Starwood Hotels, which will catapult it to the position of the world's biggest hotel chain, US hotel chain Marriott International has also been working on diversity and inclusion. 


The company introduced its diversity and inclusion goals in India last year. This year, the company has allocated hotel-specific targets to its HR leaders in India to increase its workforce percentage of women managers. 


Over the last few months, it has hired women leaders in positions like director of operations at JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar, market director of sales and marketing at Bengaluru and NCR, in a sector that usually sees women being restricted to roles in front office, spa operations and communications. 

The company currently employs over 1,200 women across India. Of these, 25% are managers. "In the last two years, we have consciously shifted our focus in enhancing our efforts to acquire and retain women. 


We have educated our workforce to sensitise them towards diversity. This year, we have launched a practice to create mentorship relationships for high potential women leaders to provide adequate support to them personally and professionally," said Gurmeet Singh, area director of human resources, India subcontinent, Marriott International.

Singh said one of Marriott International's key priorities for Asia Pacific is to provide a platform to their senior women leaders to share experiences of their journey and success stories. 

Hospitality, the sector plagued by constant attrition, is trying to ramp up the number of women in its workforce at mid to senior levels. 

Headhunters say more and more hotel chains are making diversity an integral part of their hiring strategy and are giving out specific mandates for hiring women at senior levels across functions. 

"When making appointments, they deliberately target specific female population that are underrepresented in the total workforce. 

There has been a conscious rise in the demand for female incumbents across functions in hotels and we have been receiving specific mandates for women only candidates," said Neha Garg, founder director, Red Kite Consulting, which looks at senior mandates in the luxury hospitality space. 

Garg said the mandates are also being given out to better position the organisation to meet and exceed the needs of global female guests and customers. 

Hyatt appointed Sinead O'Reilly-Henell as general manger — Hyatt Regency Kathmandu and Maryam Banikarim — as EVP global chief marketing officer, Hyatt International Corporation. 

Its other women leaders include Harleen Mehta, VP sales operations, South Asia, Hyatt International Corporation and Moushumi Chopra, senior counsel - legal South West Asia. 






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