JoAnne Kruse

Adjunct Professor, International School of Hospitality & Tourism Management

Professor JoAnne Kruse has over twenty years experience in the field of human resources, culminating in the founding of her own HR consulting services company, HCpartners. Over the course of her career she has served in a series of HR executive roles, most recently as EVP Human Resources for Travelport Ltd., a Blackstone Group owned portfolio business specializing in technology services for the travel industry. As the senior executive responsible for global HR across a 5,500 person multinational, she has also worked extensively with related functional areas such as facilities, security, internal communications, and six sigma process/re-engineering. Professor Kruse has extensive experience in acquisition and integration, playing the key HR role in the acquisition of Orbitz, Gulliver's Travel (GTA), eBookers and over a dozen other businesses and products in the past 20 years. She spent almost ten years with the parent company, Cendant Corporation, where she was responsible for corporate and business unit human resource functions for thousands of employees within a highly diversified and matrixed 90,000-employee conglomerate.

Prior to joining Cendant Professor Kruse worked in a variety of human resource positions at PepsiCo, Inc./Frito-Lay for five years. Her career also includes HR roles with Bristol-Myers Squibb/Clairol, and the Chase Manhattan Bank where she began her career. Jo-Anne received a master’s degree from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University. She also serves as a board member of Help Women and Children Now/Kidzfest, a NJ-based nonprofit dedicated to improving the health and life experiences of women and children.




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