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Mr. Hassan

Nur Hassan

Director of Information Technology, Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

Nur Hassan has served as the director of information technology at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills for the past four years. At the age of eighteen, Mr. Hussan left his home in Pakistan to pursue a degree in Engineering at Arizona State University. This education trained him to be a problem-solver, which he notes is a key asset when working with technology. Since then, he has garnered his expertise in hotel technology, while working at several luxury hotels. Driven by the excitement of a challenge, Mr. Hussan dedicates himself to the un-relinquishing pursuit of extraordinary developments within the arena of technology in order to take Four Seasons to the next level. With over 11 years of experience in various systems applications and business process development, accompanied by a broad knowledge of technologies and development tools, Mr. Hussan has offered Four Seasons multiple advancements that continuously elevate the hotel to the next level in terms of technological and overall innovation. Mr. Hussan’s most notable contributions to the hotel include mobile applications, strategy development, package selection, enterprise re-engineering, system implementation, security and controls, as well as testing and support. He has created numerous policies and procedures to ensure information systems reliability and accessibility as well as programs designed specifically to prevent and defend against unauthorized access to systems, networks, and data. In 2011, Mr. Hussan received the prestigious award of Manager of the Quarter. Since his arrival at the Four Seasons in 2008, Mr. Hussan has helped to solidify the position of Four Seasons Los Angeles as a leader in hotel technology, innovation, and customer service. His contributions are as endless as his determination to surpass the expectations of the company and of the hotel’s treasured guests. Guest-technology has always been a fascination of his and now this fascination has translated into incomparable success for the hotel, especially with the implementation of his idea to install iPad2 devices with ICE technology in all 285 guestrooms and suites, keeping us ahead of the competition. Mr. Hussan can be contacted at 310-273-2222 or at nur.hassan@fourseasons.com

Mr. Hassan can be contacted at 310-273-2222 or nur.hassan@fourseasons.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.