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Ms. Moughan

Liz Moughan

Senior Director, Global Industry Practice Group, Kronos Incorporated

As senior director of the global industry practice group at Kronos Incorporated, Liz Moughan is tasked with determining the company's strategic direction across sectors globally. She is also responsible for partnering across sales, services, and customer support to achieve sales growth and customer satisfaction goals. Ms. Moughan joined Kronos in 2003, and since then has served in various marketing roles, most recently as head of the retail and hospitality practice group. Among her notable accomplishments, Ms. Moughan played a key role in the launch of Kronos mobile workforce management solutions working cross functionally with various engineering, marketing, and sales teams. She also frequently travels across the world to talk to Kronos customers and partners, and is well versed in global workforce management strategies. Prior to Kronos, Ms. Moughan worked at a leading high- tech public relations agency, Lois Paul & Partners. Ms. Moughan is a member of the National Retail Federation and the Retail Orphan Initiative and earned her bachelor's degree in Communication Disorders from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is frequently quoted in publications such as RIS News, Reuters, STORES, and The Wall Street Journal.

Please visit http://www.kronos.com for more information.

Ms. Moughan can be contacted at 978-250-9800 or lmoughan@kronos.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.