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Mr. Metivier

Pascal Metivier

Founder & Chief Executive Officer, OpenWays

Pascal Metivier is widely recognized within the global hospitality industry and the security industry as a specialist in hotel security, responsible for several of the security technology patents now in existence. In 2009 he launched OpenWays as the hospitality industry's first global provider of mobile-based access-management solutions. With 17-plus years of electronic-lock/door hardware and access management expertise, Mr. Metivier developed a way for consumers worldwide to use any of the 5.5 billion cell phones on the market today (any network and any OS standards) as a mobile room key. Prior to founding OpenWays, Mr. Metivier served as President of ASSA ABLOY Hospitality EMEA and Latin America, parent company of VingCard, Elsafe, TimeLox, Uniquey and SafePlace companies. In addition to his leadership role he also led a major NFC mobile phone initiative that earned the title: “The Best NFC Service of the Year 2008” by The NFC Forum. Before joining ASSA ABLOY, Mr. Metivier served as Global Vice President, Sales & Marketing for Onity Inc. (formerly TESA Entry Systems), a global provider of electronic locking systems and energy management systems. He was largely responsible for leading the company's sales growth and re-branding initiative. He also made key contributions in leadership positions with CISA Security Products, CISATRON LTD, CISA Spa and SECURIDEV/FONTAINE. Mr. Metivier resides in Paris, France, with his wife and three daughters.

Mr. Metivier can be contacted at ++ 33 6 85 622 306 or pmetivier@openways.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.