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Mr. Mumford

Chris Mumford

Managing Director, AETHOS Consulting Group

Chris Mumford has over twenty years of hospitality-related executive search and human capital consulting experience globally. Having studied and worked in the UK, Germany and Japan, he opened the US office of a London-based hotel recruitment firm in the late 90's.

In 2002, Mr. Mumford joined a leading global executive search firm and returned to his native UK to establish the EMEA practice. In 2013, he co-founded AETHOS, and today remains particularly active in the Asia, Europe, and Middle East regions advising hospitality organizations on compensation, leadership and organizational issues while also facilitating senior executive appointments. Mr. Mumford is a frequent author and invited speaker on human capital topics affecting the hospitality sector.

The greatest lesson travel has given Mr. Mumford is that there is no one absolute right way to do something - people the world over come up with different solutions to universal problems. A forerunner in business globalisation, the hospitality sector is faced with cross-market, cross-cultural challenges on a daily basis. The satisfaction he takes from his work at AETHOS Consulting Group not only comes from helping clients prepare and execute their human capital strategy across markets, old and new, but also from the personal impact - whether it be recruiting someone from Bangkok into a role in Madrid; designing an executive incentive plan in Saudi Arabia; or conducting a psychometric assessment in Cape Town.

AETHOS Consulting Group is a global hospitality advisory firm serving the hotel, restaurant, casino, cruise line, club and travel technology sectors. Core competencies include executive search, compensation consulting, organizational development and psychometric assessments. Through strategic joint-ventures, AETHOS further assists its clients in gaining access to expert advice and specialist services in the area of logistics and supply chain management as well as insurance solutions.

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

Mr. Mumford can be contacted at +44 7976 972448 or cmumford@aethoscg.com

Coming up in January 2020...

Mobile Technology: Meeting Tech Expectations

What once seemed futuristic is now the norm, owing to the escalating developments in mobile technology, and hotels must continue to innovate in order to meet guest expectations. In a recent study from Mower, 65 percent of guests said they would gladly pay more for a hotel that provides the mobile technology they deem essential. The same study shows that 44 percent of travelers are more likely to book a smart hotel, and nearly 7 in 10 want to use smart devices provided by the hotel. And how do guests wish to use all this technology? A majority expressed a desire for mobile check-in and check-out, and mobile payment options. They also want to be able to stream content from their phone to the TV; to make service requests of the hotel staff; to control in-room lighting, temperature and sound; to order food and beverages; and to request a wake-up call - all from their mobile device. Guests also expressed preferences for robust wi-fi and convenient device charging ports throughout the hotel. They also appreciate the use of hotel branded apps which allow a guest to book a room, access loyalty programs, receive discounts and rewards, and even use the app to choose the room, floor and view they prefer. Some hotel apps also allow a customer to track their charges throughout their stay, rather than waiting to receive a bill at the end. Finally, mobile tech lounges are popping up more frequently in some hotels. These lounges offer guests the opportunity to perform tasks like airline check-ins or access to local info guides, but they also provide a place where guests can comfortably get some work done outside their room. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to meet their customers' expectations in the mobile technology space.