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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 January 2019...

Mobile Technology: The Future is Now

Mobile Technology continues to advance at a relentless pace and the hotel industry continues to adapt. Hotel guests have shown a strong preference for mobile self-service - from checking-in/out at a hotel kiosk, to ordering room service, making dinner reservations, booking spa treatments, and managing laundry/dry cleaning services. And they also enjoy the convenience of paying for these services with smart phone mobile payments. In addition, some hotels have adopted a “concierge in your pocket” concept. Through a proprietary hotel app, guests can access useful information such as local entertainment venues, tourist attractions, event calendars, and medical facilities and services. In-room entertainment continues to be a key factor, as guests insist on the capacity to plug in their own mobile devices to customize their entertainment choices. Mobile technology also allows for greater marketing opportunities. For example, many hotels have adopted the use of “push notifications” - sending promotions, discounts and special event messages to guests based on their property location, purchase history, profiles, etc. Near field communication (NFC) technology is also being utilized to support applications such as opening room doors, earning loyalty points, renting a bike, accessing a rental car, and more. Finally, some hotels have adopted more futuristic technology. Robots are in use that have the ability to move between floors to deliver room service requests for all kinds of items - food, beverages, towels, toothbrushes, chargers and snacks. And infrared scanners are being used by housekeeping staff that can detect body heat within a room, alerting staff that the room is occupied and they should come back at a later time. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to maximize their opportunities in this exciting mobile technology space.