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Ms. Tesarova

Katarina Tesarova

Vice President of Global Sustainability, Las Vegas Sands Corporation

Katarina Tesarova is the Vice President of Global Sustainability for Las Vegas Sands Corporation, the world's pre-eminent developer and operator of world-class Integrated Resorts.

In this capacity, Ms. Tesarova leads Las Vegas Sands' global sustainability efforts by developing and implementing a comprehensive sustainability strategy through the award-winning Sands ECO360 program focused on reducing the environmental impacts of the organization.

Under Ms. Tesarova's leadership, the organization has received several notable recognitions including the CDP Climate and Water A List rankings, inclusion in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices for North America, several building certifications in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®), and formal approval of emissions reduction targets by the Science Based Target Initiative.

Prior to joining Las Vegas Sands Corp., Ms. Tesarova was responsible for managing property sustainability programs at MGM Resorts International as Director of Sustainable Operations.

She was also responsible for the LEED® building certification of CityCenter, an $8.6 billion, mixed-use urban destination in Las Vegas. Under Ms. Tesarova's guidance and direction, CityCenter achieved six LEED Gold certifications making it the largest new construction LEED certified project in the world.

Ms. Tesarova is recognized for her expertise in green buildings and has served on various prestigious panels and committees, including the Sustainability and Efficiency Task Force for the United States Department of Homeland Security.

Ms. Tesarova received her law degree from Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia. She also earned a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree with a concentration in Finance from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Ms. Tesarova is a LEED BD+C Accredited Professional.

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

Ms. Tesarova can be contacted at +1 702-607-4530 or katarina.tesarova@sands.com

Coming up in March 2020...

Human Resources: Confronting a Labor Shortage

With the unemployment rate at its lowest level in decades (3.7%), what has always been a perennial problem for human resource professionals - labor shortage - is now reaching acute levels of concern. It is getting harder to find and recruit qualified applicants. Even finding candidates with the skills to succeed in entry-level positions has become an issue. In addition, employee turnover rates remain extremely high in the hotel industry. As a result of these problems, hotel HR managers are having to rethink their recruitment strategies in order to hire the right talent for the right job. First, hotels have been forced to raise their wages and offer other appealing perks, as a way to attract qualified candidates. Secondly, HR managers are reassessing their interviewing techniques, focusing less on the answers they receive to questions and more on observable behavior. Part of this process includes role-playing during the interview, so that the recruiter can gauge how a candidate works through specific problems and interacts with other team members. Additionally, some HR managers are also creating internal talent pools as a way to address labor shortages. Instead of utilizing department resources to find new hires with specific skills for needed positions, hotels are cultivating talent pools internally and preparing their employees to assume leadership roles whenever the time comes. They are also placing greater emphasis on a company culture that is more performance-based, as a way to curb employee turnover, increase employee satisfaction, and assure higher levels of customer service. Finally, recognizing the importance of employee retention as a way to lessen the impact of a tight labor market, some HR managers are instituting generous reward programs in order to retain their top performers. The March Hotel Business Review will explore what some HR professionals are doing to address these and other issues in their departments.