Bernard Martyris, Chief of Human Resources of VFS Global, has been appointed as the Group Chief Human Resources Officer of Kuoni Group, the 109-year-old Switzerland-headquartered multinational travel service provider. Kuoni Group is VFS Global’s parent company and one of the world’s leading travel services companies.
In this role, Mr. Martyris is responsible for the overall Group’s HR strategy, leadership development, and talent and performance management. Mr. Martyris joined VFS Global in 2004 and led the corporate HR function of Kuoni Group on an interim basis from 2013 till the beginning of 2015.
He will be based in Dubai from where he will concurrently continue in his current VFS Global role. This move comes as part of amendments made to the management structure of the Kuoni Group as part of the accelerated implementation of the Group’s strategy. As part of this strategy, the three divisions of Kuoni Group will be made more autonomous and accountable for their respective businesses.
Mr. Martyris has over 35 years of experience in handling human resources and over two decades of experience in the hospitality industry. He has held long standing senior management positions at the Oberoi Group and at the Taj Group of Hotels. Through his association with the Tata Group, Mr. Martyris also served as an independent director on the board of Tata Coffee in 2003.
On the international front Bernard was the first Indian HR professional to be invited to join the HR Council of the Conference Board of USA, which includes the top HR professionals of Fortune 500 companies. Additionally between 2007 and 2009, Mr. Martyris held the position of Chairman of the HR Committee of the Bombay Chamber of Commerce.
Mr Martyris graduated from Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI) in 1976.
About Kuoni Group
Kuoni Group, a 109 year old company listed on the Zurich Stock Exchange, is a leading service provider to the global travel industry and governments with leading positions in its areas of activity and sustainable growth prospects, with a strong focus on Asia. Kuoni Group generated turnover of CHF 3.4 billion in the 2014 financial year and employed about 8,000 people (FTE) at the end of 2014. The Group has three core business divisions – Global Travel Distribution, Global Travel Services and VFS Global. For more information, please visit www.kuoni.com
About VFS Global
VFS Global is the world’s largest outsourcing and technology services specialist for governments and diplomatic missions worldwide. With over 1837 Application Centres, operations in 122 countries across five continents and over 110 million applications processed as on 30 September 2015, VFS Global serves the interests of 48 client governments. VFS Global’s worldwide operations are certified ISO 9001:2008 for Quality Management System, ISO 27001:2013 for Information Security Management System and ISO 14001:2004 for Environmental Management System. For more information, please visit www.vfsglobal.com
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