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Ms. Moser

Monika Moser

Managing Director, Wilson Associates

Monika Moser is Managing Director with Wilson Associates, a global interior design firm specializing in the hospitality industry. Partnered with signature designer Tristan Auer, this haute couture design studio in Paris is currently working on major luxury hotel renovations in France, Italy, the United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates and China. As Managing Director of Wilson's Atelier in Paris, Ms. Moser is a brand ambassador who supports the firm's strategic initiatives. Born in Venezuela with a German citizenship, Ms. Moser has lived in several countries in South America and Europe and is fluent in five languages. Ms. Moser is a hotelier at heart. She was raised in the hospitality industry, as her father has been a hotelier for over 50 years. With more than 20 years of her own experience in hotel operations in Europe, she's an authority in luxury hospitality. She has previously held management positions in various hotels in Paris, and oversaw the opening of the Hotel Four Seasons George V as well as the Shangri-la Hotel Paris. She also held management positions with the Hotel Fouquet's Barrière Paris and three Hilton Hotels. In 2010 she obtained the MBA in Hospitality Management IMHI at ESSEC University in France and in 1999, obtained a Certificate in Hospitality Management at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. In addition to her work with Wilson Associates, Ms. Moser is active on the board of the Alumni Association of IMHI, is the French Chapter President of the Cornell Hotel Society, and is an occasional lecturer at the Vatel International Business School for Hotel Management in Paris. Throughout her travels, Ms. Moser developed a passion for art, music, literature and language. A cultural aficionado, she frequents the opera and loves listening to Rachmaninoff while drinking a malt whiskey.

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

Ms. Moser can be contacted at 33-1-44-949-230 or mmoser@wilsonassoc.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.