Corinthia Hotels Human Resources Executives speak at NYU-SCPS Forum on "Insights to Hospitality Hiring"
06 February 2012
Corinthia Hotels’ Seama Nahar, Corporate Director of Human Resources, and Alexandra Pisani, HR Projects Coordinator, spoke at a forum focusing on “Young HR Leaders' Insights to Hospitality Hiring,” held recently at the NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies (NYU-SCPS). Co-sponsored by the NYU-SCPS Hospitality and Tourism Society, the panel featured human resources leaders representing global luxury brands, including Corinthia Hotels, a luxury collection of five-star properties in Europe and the Mediterranean region. Ms. Nahar and Ms. Pisani shared their experiences from the perspective of a rapidly expanding luxury hotel group.
In her overview, Ms. Nahar said, “Having successfully opened our flagship hotel in London in 2011, we are targeting accelerated growth in the coming years through the acquisition and development of new Corinthia Hotels. We are looking to recruit staff with the right attitude and personality to reflect ‘the Spirit of Corinthia,’ what we call devotion to the craft of hospitality and accountability that is seen brand-wide at Corinthia Hotels. “
Alexandra Pisani, daughter of Alfred Pisani, the Founder and Group Chairman of Corinthia Hotels, spoke of the key role that Human Resources plays in ensuring the continuity of the ‘Spirit of Corinthia’ since it starts at the recruitment level. Ms. Pisani said, “I feel strongly, that it is the staff’s dedication to care and personal attention to detail, reflected in the ‘Spirit of Corinthia,’ that in the end is what distinguishes Corinthia Hotels from other luxury brands.”
Ms. Nahar added, “Corinthia Hotels’ participation in the panel is part of the launch of new brand-wide Human Resources initiatives including the Corinthia Leadership Development Program, ‘Spirit of Corinthia’ recruitment brochures and video.
About Corinthia Hotels:
Corinthia is a collection of hotels founded by the Pisani family of Malta. The brand remains true to its roots as a family business, fired by a passion for craftsmanship, devotion to detail and intuitive, warm service. Each of our hotels and resorts created in some of the most intriguing areas of the world is a tribute to local architecture and cultural traditions. The Corinthia portfolio includes the flagship Corinthia Hotel London, the award-winning Corinthia Hotel Budapest in Hungary, Corinthia Hotel Prague in the Czech Republic, Corinthia Hotel St Petersburg in Russia and Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa in Malta. The portfolio also features Corinthia Hotel St George’s Bay in Malta, the Corinthia Hotel Tripoli in Libya, and the modern Corinthia Hotel Lisbon in Portugal.
The Corinthia Hotel brand is owned by International Hotel Investments plc., a publicly-traded company in Malta, which also acquires, develops and owns Corinthia Hotels worldwide. The management of the hotels is entrusted to a subsidiary company CHI Hotels & Resorts Limited, which provides the full range of technical assistance and management services to hotel owners worldwide. CHI is the exclusive operator of the Corinthia brand as well as, under license, the Wyndham and Ramada Plaza brands for Europe, Africa and The Middle East.
About the NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies
Established in 1934, NYU-SCPS (www.scps.nyu.edu) is one of NYU’s several degree-granting schools and colleges, each with a unique academic profile. The reputation of NYU-SCPS arises from its place as the NYU home for study and applied research related to key knowledge-based industries where the New York region leads globally. This is manifest in the School’s diverse graduate, undergraduate, and continuing education programs in fields such as Real Estate and Construction Management; Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management; Global Affairs; Philanthropy and Fundraising; Graphic Communications Media, Publishing, and Digital Arts; Human Capital Management, Marketing, and Public Relations; with complementary strengths in the Liberal and Allied Arts; Translation and Interpreting; Management and Information Technology; and Finance and Taxation. More than 100 distinguished full-time faculty members collaborate with an exceptional cadre of practitioner/adjunct faculty and lecturers to create vibrant professional and academic networks that attract nearly 5,000 degree-seeking students from around the globe. In addition, the School fulfills the recurrent continuing higher education needs of local and professional communities, as evidenced by 55,000 annual enrollments in individual courses, specialized certificate programs, conferences, workshops, seminars, and public events. The School’s community is enriched by more than 25,000 degree-holding alumni worldwide, many of whom serve as mentors, guest speakers, and advisory board members.