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Ms. Kruse

JoAnne Kruse

Founder, HCpartners

JoAnne Kruse has over twenty years experience in the field of human resources, culminating in the founding of the HR consulting services company, HCpartners. HCpartners is dedicated to supporting companies in the areas of Talent, Rewards and Performance. Ms. Kruse and her team leverage their extensive experiences in acquisition and integration, human resources, infrastructure design, and executive leadership to improve the profit and effectiveness of their client organizations, companies located internationally across all industries. Over the course of her career Ms. Kruse has served in a series of HR executive roles, most recently as EVP Human Resources for Travelport Ltd., a Blackstone Group owned portfolio business specializing in technology services for the travel industry. As the senior executive responsible for global HR across a 6,500 person multibillion dollar company, her accountabilities included global HR, facilities, security, PR/communications, and six sigma/re-engineering. A strong business partner and strategic thought-leader, Ms. Kruse played a critical role in the acquisition, structuring and development of more than the two-dozen companies and the personnel acquired to form this industry leader in business-to-business travel technology. Initially a division of Cendant Corporation, Ms. Kruse and the senior executive team led Travelport through an aggressive growth-through-acquisition strategy and then the subsequent spin-off into a top performing private equity portfolio company. Her experiences include corporate acquisitions, divestitures, the IPO of Orbitz Worldwide, executive compensation, board participation, executive recruitment, development and partnership, and cultural transformation across a global scale. Prior to her tenure with Cendant, Ms. Kruse worked in a variety of human resource positions at PepsiCo, Inc./Frito-Lay. Her career also includes HR roles with Bristol-Myers Squibb/Clairol and the Chase Manhattan Bank where she began her career. Jo-Anne received a master's degree from Columbia University and a bachelor's degree from Cornell University. Committed to education and philanthropy, Ms. Kruse is an adjunct professor with Fairleigh Dickinson University, teaching graduate level Human Resource, and she is the Program Director for the Cornell University HR in Hospitality annual conference. Ms. Kruse serves on the Advisory Board for the Leadership Capital Group, a global executive retained search boutique firm, and is an Executive Board Officer of Help Women and Children Now, a NJ-based nonprofit dedicated to improving the health and life experiences of women and children.

Ms. Kruse can be contacted at 973-896-3302 or jkruse@hc-partners.net

Coming up in August 2020...

Food & Beverage: New Technological Innovations

In the past few years, hotel food and beverage departments have experienced significant growth. Managers are realizing just how much revenue potential this sector holds, both in terms of additional revenue and as a means to enhance the guest experience. As a result, substantial investments are being made in F&B operations as a way to satisfy hotel guests but also to keep pace with the competition. Though it has been a trend for many years, the Farm-to-Table movement shows no signs of abating. Hotel chains are abandoning corporate restaurants and are instead partnering with local chefs to create locally-influenced dining options. Local, farm-sourced ingredients paired with specialty beverages or local wine also satisfies the increasing demand from Millennial travelers who are eager to travel sustainably and contribute to a positive impact. A farm-to-table F&B program also helps to support the local economy, which builds community goodwill. Also popular are "Self-Serv" and "Grab & Go" options. These concepts stem from an awareness that a guest's time is limited and if a hotel can supply them with fast, fresh, food and beverage choices, then so much the better for them. Plus, by placing these specialty kiosks in areas that might be traditionally under-utilized (the lobby, for instance), they can become popular destination locations. Of course, there are new technological innovations as well. In-room, on-screen menus allow guests to order from any restaurant on the property, and some hotels are partnering with delivery companies that make it possible for guests to order food from any restaurant in the area. Also, many hotels are implementing in-room, voice-activated devices, so ordering food via an AI-powered assistant will soon become mainstream as well. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these developments and document what some leading hotels are doing to expand this area of their business.