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Mr. Bleeker

Floor Bleeker

Vice President Business Solutions, Jumeirah Group

Floor Bleeker, a Dutch national, joined the Jumeirah Group in 2001 and currently holds the position of Vice President Business Solutions. In his role he is responsible for the company’s IT portfolio, business systems, software development, data warehousing, IT innovation, projects, IT investments, relationship management and digital strategy. He is a member of the Group’s Executive Team. In support of Jumeirah’s rapidly growing portfolio of luxury hotels and hospitality businesses, a number of large IT programs including cloud enabled Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Customer Relationship Management (CRM), property management, Enterprise Content Management (ECM) and Central Reservations Systems (PMS and CRS) have recently been implemented. The Group has grown its revenue generated through Jumeirah.com and other digital channels exponentially over the last few years and technology continues to play a critical part in the company’s strategy going forward. Recent IT innovation announcements included a global roll out of public Telepresence rooms and a ground breaking mobile guest information and services platform. The centralised IT function at Jumeirah Group employs over 100 specialists and won regional and international awards. The department adapted COBIT as its process framework and ITIL for its service delivery organisation. Prior to joining the Jumeirah Group, Mr. Bleeker worked as Director of IT for the Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management in Dubai (UAE) and as an IT Manager for the Radisson SAS regional office in Brussels (Belgium). He worked in different IT positions in Europe, the United States and the Caribbean. Mr. Bleeker holds a Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA) with a Marketing specialisation from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and a Bachelors (BSc) degree in Hospitality Administration with a Finance specialisation from the Hotel School The Hague. He is currently serving on the Board of Hotel Technology Next Generation (HTNG), the world’s leading hospitality technology trade association and holds a number of advisory board positions for other non-profit organisations. Mr. Bleeker is living in Dubai with his wife Anne and daughter Lauren.

Mr. Bleeker can be contacted at 971 4 348 5030 or floor.bleeker@jumeirah.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.