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Ms. Maurice

Anne-Juliette Maurice

General Manager, Hotel Plaza Athenee, New York

Anne-Juliette Maurice is the General Manager of Hotel Plaza Athenee New York, a 142-room jewel located at 37 E. 64th Street. Combining cosmopolitan luxury with the intimacy and services of a boutique hotel, Hotel Plaza Athenee has created a home away from home for royalty, world leaders, celebrities, executives and sophisticated travelers from all around the world since 1984. With more than 20 years of experience in hotel management, Anne-Juliette Maurice's prior roles include the position of Director of Sales and Marketing at the Langham Place, Fifth Avenue. As such, she oversaw the rebranding of the Setai Fifth Avenue to Langham Place, Fifth Avenue. Ms. Maurice also held the position of Regional Director of Marketing, Miami and Regional Director of Marketing, Northeast, for Morgans Hotel Group, which included opening and launching Mondrian South Beach and Mondrian Soho. Prior to that, she was Director of Sales & Marketing at Swissotel The Drake, New York and Director of Sales at Le Parker Meridien New York. Ms. Maurice also worked for the Essex House under Nikko and Westin and was a member of the opening team of Euro Disney in Marne la Vallee, France.

Please visit www.plaza-athenee.com for more information.

Ms. Maurice can be contacted at 212-734-9100 or ajmaurice@plaza-athenee.com

Coming up in March 2020...

Human Resources: Confronting a Labor Shortage

With the unemployment rate at its lowest level in decades (3.7%), what has always been a perennial problem for human resource professionals - labor shortage - is now reaching acute levels of concern. It is getting harder to find and recruit qualified applicants. Even finding candidates with the skills to succeed in entry-level positions has become an issue. In addition, employee turnover rates remain extremely high in the hotel industry. As a result of these problems, hotel HR managers are having to rethink their recruitment strategies in order to hire the right talent for the right job. First, hotels have been forced to raise their wages and offer other appealing perks, as a way to attract qualified candidates. Secondly, HR managers are reassessing their interviewing techniques, focusing less on the answers they receive to questions and more on observable behavior. Part of this process includes role-playing during the interview, so that the recruiter can gauge how a candidate works through specific problems and interacts with other team members. Additionally, some HR managers are also creating internal talent pools as a way to address labor shortages. Instead of utilizing department resources to find new hires with specific skills for needed positions, hotels are cultivating talent pools internally and preparing their employees to assume leadership roles whenever the time comes. They are also placing greater emphasis on a company culture that is more performance-based, as a way to curb employee turnover, increase employee satisfaction, and assure higher levels of customer service. Finally, recognizing the importance of employee retention as a way to lessen the impact of a tight labor market, some HR managers are instituting generous reward programs in order to retain their top performers. The March Hotel Business Review will explore what some HR professionals are doing to address these and other issues in their departments.