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Mr. Baudart

Emanuel Baudart

Global Chief Customer Officer, Accor Hotels

Emanuel Baudart has 15 years professional experience in key positions in Marketing, Sales, e-commerce, Loyalty programs, CRM and Distribution, in an international Hospitality and Services Group. He is experienced in international leadership positions and cross-functional management projects. He has been responsible for strategic business plans, annual budget planning, pricing, channel management & distribution strategies, international sales, marketing, e.commerce, social networks, media and advertising strategies. Mr. Baudart started his AccorHotels career in charge of roll-out programs for AccorHotels Central Reservation System and revenue management for worldwide operational units. In 2002, Mr. Baudart moved to Brazil to launch the call center operations for the South American AccorHotels organization. In 2005, he took over the position of distribution director for Brazil, overseeing Call Centers, Distribution, Sales & Loyalty. In 2009, he became Senior Vice President of Sales, Marketing, Distribution & Loyalty for the South American region for AccorHotels. Since November 2014, Mr. Baudart has been the Chief Customer Officer at the AccorHotels Headquarters in Paris. In this position, he is responsible for the Customer Centric transformation of the group for 4,100 hotels and 240,000 employees. Mr. Baudart holds a masterís degree from INSEAD. He has also completed the Strategic Marketing Management Executive Program at Stanford University. Mr. Baudart speaks four languages including English, French, Portuguese and Spanish. His expertise in building brand loyalty and e-commerce programs has been paramount in propelling AccorHotels forward, enabling smooth transitions as more brands and products join the AccorHotels family. Please visit http://www.accor.com for more information.

Mr. Baudart can be contacted at 33-1-453-886-00 or emanuel.baudart@accor.com

Coming up in April 2018...

Guest Service: Empowering People

Excellent customer service is vitally important in all businesses but it is especially important for hotels where customer service is the lifeblood of the business. Outstanding customer service is essential in creating new customers, retaining existing customers, and cultivating referrals for future customers. Employees who meet and exceed guest expectations are critical to a hotel's success, and it begins with the hiring process. It is imperative for HR personnel to screen for and hire people who inherently possess customer-friendly traits - empathy, warmth and conscientiousness - which allow them to serve guests naturally and authentically. Trait-based hiring means considering more than just a candidate's technical skills and background; it means looking for and selecting employees who naturally desire to take care of people, who derive satisfaction and pleasure from fulfilling guests' needs, and who don't consider customer service to be a chore. Without the presence of these specific traits and attributes, it is difficult for an employee to provide genuine hospitality. Once that kind of employee has been hired, it is necessary to empower them. Some forward-thinking hotels empower their employees to proactively fix customer problems without having to wait for management approval. This employee empowerment—the permission to be creative, and even having the authority to spend money on a customer's behalf - is a resourceful way to resolve guest problems quickly and efficiently. When management places their faith in an employee's good judgment, it inspires a sense of trust and provides a sense of higher purpose beyond a simple paycheck. The April issue of the Hotel Business Review will document what some leading hotels are doing to cultivate and manage guest satisfaction in their operations.