Royal Sonesta New Orleans Names Hill-Kennedy Human Resources Director

Juanita Hill-Kennedy

NEW ORLEANS – The Royal Sonesta New Orleans announced that Juanita Hill-Kennedy has been named human resources director. 

         Hill-Kennedy is responsible for developing and directing hotel policy in accordance with Sonesta International Hotels Corporation standards relative to all human resources activities at the French Quarter property. Specifically, Hill-Kennedy will oversee new hires, manage employee relations, help guide career development and oversee promotions and relocations at the hotel. Working closely with management, Hill-Kennedy will also help guide Sonesta's Culture of Caring community initiatives at the New Orleans property. She will monitor employee morale while effectively managing retention and increasing employee productivity.

         Immediately prior to joining Royal Sonesta New Orleans, Hill-Kennedy served as region human resources manager at Iv-AGA Engineering, a Metairie-based firm with offices in Louisiana and Texas, where she was responsible for recruitment, training and employee relations.  An expert in the field of human resources, Hill-Kennedy has also worked as a highly successful independent consultant. At Harrah's Entertainment, Hill-Kennedy served as regional director of recruitment and employment where she managed a workforce of more than 5,000 employees.

         Royal Sonesta New Orleans general manager Alfred L. Groos describes Hill-Kennedy as "a seasoned leader who has distinguished herself as an expert in the field of human resources. She is a passionate advocate for our brand and for the hospitality professionals she manages."

         Hill-Kennedy pursued her undergraduate studies in the field of education at the University of New Orleans with some course work at Honolulu Community College in Hawaii. She is certified as an SPHR-Senior Professional in Human Resources and most recently obtained certification as an SHRM-SCP, an honor bestowed by the Society of Human Resource Management. Hill-Kennedy's professional affiliations include NOLA SHRM, the New Orleans SHRM chapter where she served on the board of directors as the organization's diversity director. She is also a member of the Society of Human Resources Professionals.

         The Royal Sonesta New Orleans is a 483-room luxury hotel that provides visitors with an authentic New Orleans experience. The property encompasses an entire city block at 300 Bourbon St. With an historic location and distinct French Quarter architectural features, the hotel is home to Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse, the original PJ's Coffee Café, Desire Oyster Bar, and the award winning Restaurant R'evolution.

         The Royal Sonesta New Orleans is one of 66 properties within the Sonesta Collection.

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