The industry's a long way away from reflecting the growing diversity of its customer base, especially at the top management level.
98% of the Top 50 hotel CEOs are male, according to a study by HVS Executive Search. That figure would’ve been even higher last year, before Kathleen Taylor became CEO of Four Seasons.
Also, on the age scale, average age of an incumbent hotel company CEO has not changed significantly over the past seven years with the median age being a sprightly 52 in 2011. The majority of CEOs in Europe and North America are in their early 50s. Where we have seen a change is in Asia where the average age in 2007 of 56 has steadily dropped to a current age of 46; mainly influenced by the increase of Chinese companies in the study.
The full study is here on HVS’s site.
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