Message from the Editor

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Francis Tan, who started Starwood Cares and Starwood Careers some 15 years ago leaves with great comfort and satisfaction that the award-winning programs will continue to propel Starwood Asia Pacific in its war for talent. We wish Francis, architect of these key programs, a beautiful new chapter.
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Dear Friends of Starwood Cares,
Welcome back to another issue of Living Starwood Cares!
We continued the year on a strong footing, sustaining our winning streak and pocketing more than 20 Human Resources-related awards within just 1.5 years of active participation in regional awards. We are pleased to share that during the recent Human Resources Excellence Awards held in Singapore, Starwood clinched the prestigious Award for Excellence in Employee Development and Leadership Development. Additionally, we are also the proud winner of the Best Enterprise for Talent Development Award (China) awarded by the China Training Magazine.
                               Starwood AP Divisional TDC & HR Team at the HRE Awards 2014 


Best Enterprise for Talent Development Award (China)
To continue our focus on building Starwood as an Employer of Choice, a concerted decision was made to rename Recruitment Day as Starwood Careers Day so as to reflect Starwood’s talent strategy that goes beyond talent attraction, to include talent development and talent retention. The inaugural Starwood Careers Day attracted more than 19,000 applicants in 120 key locations across Asia Pacific. Read the interesting practices from different regions here.
Starwood Careers Day across various regions
Since 2013, Starwood Careers has been refreshed to better align our individual associate’s career aspirations with our corporate aspiration. This means that all associates can have the confidence that their individual development will dovetail into our corporate goals. The theme, “My Aspiration, My Journey” has been introduced to inspire all associates to realize their career aspirations with Starwood through personalized learning journeys.

Le Meridien’s General Manager, Harvey J. Thompson (Center)
Advancing our “Win with Talent” strategy and to inspire associates and future talents to cultivate a growing journey with us, Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur’s General Manager, Harvey J. Thompson (Winning Hotel of Starwood Careers Award 2012) spoke to the STAR about our unique Starwood Careers program. To quote Mr. Thompson, “The program is structured according to participants’ own personal development needs ...Our goal is that the talents get one thing out of their training which they can then apply to their leadership. We want them all to be leaders.”
Besides celebrating caring moments by numerous associates, this issue also showcases many interesting resources that provide tips as you prepare and embark on your Starwood Careers Journey with us. We made Talent Management resources our focus as we embark on our Talent Review cycle to select and groom successors through various Starwood Careers Tracks.
Based on our growth trajectory, we expect a vast number of new talents to join our division over the next few years as we move closer to our AP500 vision. Together, we will welcome our new talents with our signature culture of care and by growing their careers at Starwood.
On a personal note, some of you may have seen the announcement of my impending departure from Starwood to begin another phase of my life. It has been a great Journey at Starwood, filled with fond memories and great learning. I am extremely proud of and thankful for the time and opportunities provided by Starwood.
All our achievements would not have been possible without the unwavering commitment of our Asia Pacific properties, leaders, and associates in bringing Starwood Cares and Starwood Careers alive and I thank all of you for your wholehearted support. I couldn't have asked for more.
My best wishes,
Francis Tan
Vice President
Talent Management & Organization Development
Starwood Asia Pacific Hotels & Resorts

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