Corinthia Hotels, the collection of luxury, five-star hotels around the world, has appointed its first Director of Learning, Development & Wellbeing, to help strengthen its talent pool of 2,500 full-time employees and 500 part-timers that the hotels employ globally.
Rachel Begbie (pictured above), joined Corinthia Hotels on December 1st following 18 years with Four Seasons Hotels in London, Egypt and Beirut and latterly as Regional Director of HR covering Azerbaijan, Russia, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Turkey, Lebanon and South Africa.
She will be responsible for reviewing, developing and implementing learning, development and wellbeing systems and programmes across the eight hotels, based in Corinthia Hotels’ London office.
It is hoped that she will also help improve staff retention, something that blights the entire hospitality industry.
“It is a great pleasure and opportunity to have Rachel on the Corinthia Hotels’ team,” says Franco Valletta, Chief Officer – Organisation Development & HR for the group. “Her appointment is timely as Corinthia embarks on a journey of growth and expansion.
“Rachel’s extensive HR and Learning & Development experience in luxury hotels will no doubt enrich our ongoing commitment to providing our colleagues with career progression opportunities, an environment of constant learning, as well as a genuine and caring climate of wellbeing.”
“It is an exciting time to be joining Corinthia Hotels,” says Rachel. “Consistency is going to be key in all areas across the portfolio as we seek to be known as an employer of choice and create a strong employee brand.”