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Ms. Kruse

JoAnne Kruse

Founder, HCpartners

JoAnne Kruse has over twenty years experience in the field of human resources, culminating in the founding of the HR consulting services company, HCpartners. HCpartners is dedicated to supporting companies in the areas of Talent, Rewards and Performance. Ms. Kruse and her team leverage their extensive experiences in acquisition and integration, human resources, infrastructure design, and executive leadership to improve the profit and effectiveness of their client organizations, companies located internationally across all industries. Over the course of her career Ms. Kruse has served in a series of HR executive roles, most recently as EVP Human Resources for Travelport Ltd., a Blackstone Group owned portfolio business specializing in technology services for the travel industry. As the senior executive responsible for global HR across a 6,500 person multibillion dollar company, her accountabilities included global HR, facilities, security, PR/communications, and six sigma/re-engineering. A strong business partner and strategic thought-leader, Ms. Kruse played a critical role in the acquisition, structuring and development of more than the two-dozen companies and the personnel acquired to form this industry leader in business-to-business travel technology. Initially a division of Cendant Corporation, Ms. Kruse and the senior executive team led Travelport through an aggressive growth-through-acquisition strategy and then the subsequent spin-off into a top performing private equity portfolio company. Her experiences include corporate acquisitions, divestitures, the IPO of Orbitz Worldwide, executive compensation, board participation, executive recruitment, development and partnership, and cultural transformation across a global scale. Prior to her tenure with Cendant, Ms. Kruse worked in a variety of human resource positions at PepsiCo, Inc./Frito-Lay. Her career also includes HR roles with Bristol-Myers Squibb/Clairol and the Chase Manhattan Bank where she began her career. Jo-Anne received a masterís degree from Columbia University and a bachelorís degree from Cornell University. Committed to education and philanthropy, Ms. Kruse is an adjunct professor with Fairleigh Dickinson University, teaching graduate level Human Resource, and she is the Program Director for the Cornell University HR in Hospitality annual conference. Ms. Kruse serves on the Advisory Board for the Leadership Capital Group, a global executive retained search boutique firm, and is an Executive Board Officer of Help Women and Children Now, a NJ-based nonprofit dedicated to improving the health and life experiences of women and children.

Ms. Kruse can be contacted at 973-896-3302 or jkruse@hc-partners.net

Coming up in February 2018...

Social Media: Engagement is Key

There are currently 2.3 billion active users of social media networks and savvy hotel operators have incorporated social media into their marketing mix. There are a few Goliath channels on which one must have a presence (Facebook & Twitter) but there are also several newer upstart channels (Instagram, Snapchat &WeChat, for example) that merit consideration. With its 1.86 billion users, Facebook is a dominant platform where operators can drive brand awareness, facilitate bookings, offer incentives and collect sought-after reviews. Twitter's 284 million users generate 500 million tweets per day, and operators can use its platform for lead generation, building loyalty, and guest interaction. Instagram was originally a small photo-sharing site but it has blown up into a massive photo and video channel. The site can be used to post photos of the hotel property, as well as creating Instagram Stories - personal videos that disappear from the channel after 24 hours. In this regard, Instagram and Snapchat are now in direct competition. WeChat is a Chinese company whose aim is to be the App for Everything - instant messaging, social media, shopping and payment services - all in a single platform. In addition to these channels, blogging continues to be a popular method to establish leadership, enhance reputations, and engage with customers in a direct and personal way. The key to effective use of all social media is to find out where your customers are and then, to the fullest extent possible, engage with them on a personal level. This engagement is what creates a personal connection and sustains brand loyalty. The February Hotel Business Review will explore these issues and examine how some hotels are successfully integrating social media into their operations.