Meritus Hotels and Resorts CEO Michael Sengol named Leading CEO


SINGAPORE – Michael Sengol, Chief Executive Officer of Meritus Hotels & Resorts, was conferred the prestigious Leading CEO Award at The Singapore HR Awards 2011 presentation gala held at The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore. The event was attended by key executives and human resource champions from prominent organizations in Singapore.

Organized yearly by the Singapore Human Resources Institute (SHRI), The Singapore HR Awards is the first recognition framework introduced in Singapore to mark successes and accomplishments in the HR arena. On top of awards that honor organizations and HR professionals across both the public and private sectors, individual HR awards are bestowed on individuals who have demonstrated outstanding contribution to the HR needs of an organization’s business, profession, employees, industry, and in essence, the nation – in that the creation of a vibrant human capital industry is critical for determining Singapore’s economic progress.

Michael Sengol was selected for the distinction by SHRI’s illustrious panel of judges after a rigorous 4-month-long judging process that included workplace assessments. Among the key criteria for Leading CEO Award is the clear illustration of the CEO’s ability to support, champion, and endorse effective and innovative HR and people management practices as an important business outcome. The CEO should also exemplify personal leadership and integrity in driving diversity and flexibility in the organization.

“I am truly grateful for this honor,” said Michael, “It is particularly gratifying given that the distinction comes as we, at Meritus, continue to grow our iconic hospitality brand to a global level and bringing with it all that is proudly Singaporean – the best talent, delivering at world-class standards.”

Always championing the fundamental mindset that PEOPLE are an organization’s greatest asset and that their effective management is the surest way to cultivate organizational excellence, Michael was brought in to head Meritus Hotels & Resorts, the hospitality division of Mainboard-listed Overseas Union Enterprise Limited, in early 2010. In the short time since then, he has continued to drive the organization to unprecedented employee and customer satisfaction ratings, and excellent financial performance.

In April this year, Michael was also recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Asian Gastronomic Awards of Excellence 2011 for his exceptional vision and significant contribution to the promotion and growth of excellence in the industry.

SHRI’s Leading CEO Award is yet another testament to the seasoned hotelier’s dedication to people development, a passion he has faithfully pursued in his more than 30 years in hospitality.