Editorial Board   Guest Author

Mr. Willm

Frederic Willm

Director of Digital Marketing, Design Hotels AG

Frédéric Willm leads Design Hotels’ digital and mobile marketing strategies across global territories. He took on the challenge 2 years ago with the clear aim to considerably enrich the company’s online presence. Previously, he created significant value for B2C e-commerce and media businesses for over 15 years, in industries including digital content, large audience portals, subscription services, entertainment and dating sites. Mr. Willm worked for several of the Internet’s big players, including the Amazon subsidiary of Audible.com in France and at the EMEA mobile division of Fox. His specialties include customer acquisition (across SEA, SEO, Display, Affiliates…), customer retention and loyalty, as well as conversion optimization. What distinguishes Mr. Willm's expertise is his creativity and brand understanding, coupled with a strong focus on analytics and data-driven marketing. Mr. Willm initially graduated from France’s Clefs d’Or Concierge school, then later studied Marketing at one of Europe’s top business school, ESCP Europe. For any questions, he can be reached via Linkedin on http://www.linkedin.com/in/fwillm or on f.willm@designhotels.com

Mr. Willm can be contacted at 49-0-30-88-49400-72 or f.willm@designhotels.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.