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Mr. Chao

Daniel Chao

General Manager, Novotel Nanjing East and Novotel Nanjing Central

Daniel Chao is the General Manager of Novotel Nanjing East and Novotel Nanjing Central. The Novotel Nanjing Central is located in the center of downtown Nanjing and caters for business and leisure travelers, while the Novotel Nanjing East is perfect for business travelers and has large versatile facilities for conferences and events. He is responsible for aspects of daily operations, sales and marketing and strategic planning. Prior to moving to Nanjing he was General Manager of hotels in Beijing, China and Africa. Mr. Chao's 24 year hospitality industry career began as a university student working part-time in restaurants. This evolved into restaurant management and eventually to hotel management. Daniel has always been fascinated by the duality of hotel management- with its creative, artistic side combined with its rigorous financial aspects - “It's great to be able to develop concepts and services then see how those creations generate real measurable results”. Working primarily internationally Mr. Chao has exercised his profession in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Europe and South America which has given him great insights into what aspects of the industry are truly universal and what aspects need to be significantly tailored to fit local teams and consumers. Mr. Chao holds a bachelor's degree in humanities and an MBA from ESSEC University, Paris, France. Daniel is married and has two sons. In his free time he is a voracious reader of anything on topics ranging from management, to mathematics, popular science, history and fiction.

Mr. Chao can be contacted at +86 138 5158 0660 or danielchao@outlook.com

Coming up in March 2019...

Human Resources: An Era of Transition

Traditionally, the human resource department administers five key areas within a hotel operation - compliance, compensation and benefits, organizational dynamics, selection and retention, and training and development. However, HR professionals are also presently involved in culture-building activities, as well as implementing new employee on-boarding practices and engagement initiatives. As a result, HR professionals have been elevated to senior leadership status, creating value and profit within their organization. Still, they continue to face some intractable issues, including a shrinking talent pool and the need to recruit top-notch employees who are empowered to provide outstanding customer service. In order to attract top-tier talent, one option is to take advantage of recruitment opportunities offered through colleges and universities, especially if they have a hospitality major. This pool of prospective employees is likely to be better educated and more enthusiastic than walk-in hires. Also, once hired, there could be additional training and development opportunities that stem from an association with a college or university. Continuing education courses, business conferences, seminars and online instruction - all can be a valuable source of employee development opportunities. In addition to meeting recruitment demands in the present, HR professionals must also be forward-thinking, anticipating the skills that will be needed in the future to meet guest expectations. One such skill that is becoming increasingly valued is “resilience”, the ability to “go with the flow” and not become overwhelmed by the disruptive influences  of change and reinvention. In an era of transition—new technologies, expanding markets, consolidation of brands and businesses, and modifications in people's values and lifestyles - the capacity to remain flexible, nimble and resilient is a valuable skill to possess. The March Hotel Business Review will examine some of the strategies that HR professionals are employing to ensure that their hotel operations continue to thrive.