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Robert-Gaymer Jones, CEO, Sofitel Hotels,  Speaks on Whether the Glass Ceiling
Really Exists for Women in the Hospitality Industry;
An HVS Executive Search Video


February 4, 2013 - Is the concept of a “glass ceiling” really applicable in today’s world, and in particular, the hospitality industry? HVS Executive Search explores this subject with Robert-Gaymer Jones, Chief Executive Officer, Sofitel Luxury Hotels.

Women are in the minority at the highest levels of executive leadership – a phenomenon we see in every industry around the globe. HVS Executive Search is conducting original research on the subject, examining critical issues facing executive-minded women in the hospitality industry.
During the course of this research Tatiana Veller, Managing Director HVS Executive Search Moscow spoke with Robert Gaymer-Jones, Chief Executive Officer at Sofitel Luxury Hotels on the subject.
Mr. Gaymer-Jones shared, “We are moving in the direction of incorporating senior female leadership because we feel they add to the success of our brand.” He stressed that there is no glass ceiling at Sofitel. Tatiana asked him to imagine a day without any women in his boardroom. Watch what he had to say here.

While the industry continues to debate this subject, research reveals that the number of women at the top of an organization drops off precipitously the further up the organizational chart one climbs. Why is this case? Are the reasons societal, biological, or psychological? HVS Executive Search continues to explore this subject in a series of interviews with leading hospitality executives from around the world.

HVS Executive Search is the premier executive search and advisory firm providing consulting services to leaders of the hotel, restaurant, gaming and real estate industries. Practice areas include senior-level executive search, mid-management recruitment, compensation consulting and performance management. Its offices are located in New York, London, Hong Kong, Moscow, Mumbai and New Delhi.

HVS Executive Search is a division of HVS, a fully integrated consulting firm focused on the hospitality industry. Founded in 1980, HVS is the world's leading specialist in hospitality consulting. With 30 offices globally, HVS offers unparalleled worldwide market expertise

Pooja Vir
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Also See: An HVS Interview with Jim Abrahamson, Chief Executive Officer, Interstate Hotels & Resorts: Does the Glass Ceiling Really Exist for Women in the Hospitality Industry? / October 2012

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