HONG KONG, 10 November 2017: Wharf Hotels’ president, Jennifer Cronin, has been recognised as ‘Mentor of The Year 2017’, by Singapore-based ACI HR Solutions Ltd.
An award-winning specialist recruitment firm dedicated to the travel, tourism, hospitality and lifestyle industries, ACI’s founder and CEO, Andrew Chan, announced the award during ITB Asia in Singapore.
Cronin is the first person to be credited with this newly created accolade.
ACI initiated a digital campaign for people to vote for their preferred mentor, one who inspires creativity, originality and encourages talent growth.
Eight industry leaders were nominated with voting taking place over three weeks and resulting in Cronin winning ACI’s Mentor of The Year 2017 title.
Cronin was appointed president of Wharf Hotels, formerly Marco Polo Hotels, in February, 2016, following the role of vice president sales and marketing when she joined the group in 2014.
Her initial remit was to launch the new luxury hotel brand, Niccolo Hotels, starting with Niccolo Chengdu, in 2015.
Cronin’s current focus includes the expansion of the group’s portfolio of hotels in the region, the openings of highly anticipated Hong Kong flagship property, The Murray, Hong Kong, a Niccolo Hotel, along with Niccolo Changsha and Niccolo Suzhou in the next 24 months.
Cronin graduated with a Doctorate of Philosophy in 2016 from Bond University basing her PhD research on “Empowering Readiness; influencing crisis management success outcomes”.
She was awarded the 2013 Australian Postgraduate Award, conferred by the Commonwealth’s Department of Innovation, Industry, Science & Research, awarded to students on the basis of academic achievement, proven research ability and research potential.
Recently, Cronin was presented with Bond University’s most prestigious alumni accolade; the Robert Stable Alumni Medal, for her exceptional achievement in bridging academia and industry. 2016 culminated with Cronin receiving the Asia Pacific BMW Corporate Hotelier of the Year Award.