Qualifications vs Performances. Which is more important?
Top hotelier caught lying in CV resigns
Regional head of InterContinental Hotels Group claimed he had degrees from Cornell and Australia
By Christopher Tan, Senior Correspondent
A HIGH-FLYING hotelier caught lying about his educational qualifications has been shown the door.
Mr Patrick Imbardelli, 46, resigned as chief executive of the Asia-Pacific operations of the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) with immediate effect on Thursday.
'This is a very serious matter and we have treated it very seriously,' a spokesman for InterContinental Hotels was reported saying yesterday.
The Singapore-based Italian, who had held the position since 2003, has over 25 years' experience in the industry, including time logged with the Hyatt and Hilton hotel chains.
He was named Asia-Pacific Hotelier Of The Year just last month by Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels, a consultancy that serves the industry.
On July 1, he was to have become a board member of London-headquartered IHG, which runs the world's largest hotel group with over half a million rooms. It runs the InterContinental, Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza chains.
Internal checks by IHG ahead of this appointment led to his undoing.
An IHG statement to the London Stock Exchange read: 'This decision follows an internal review of the academic qualifications of Patrick as previously presented to the company.'
Mr Imbardelli claimed to have earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Australia's Victoria University, as well as a Bachelor of Sciences and a master's from America's prestigious Cornell University.
He apparently attended classes at both places but did not graduate.
Mr Imbardelli - who is married with two children - was unreachable yesterday. A voice over the intercom at his Rochalie Drive residence said he did not wish to talk to anyone.
Meanwhile, IHG has launched a review of the curricula vitae of its 'directors and senior executives' across its global offices. The qualifications of its people in senior positions will be 'double-checked', said Ms Birte Sebastian, IHG's regional spokesman.
She said Mr Imbardelli joined the group when it acquired Southern Pacific Hotels in Australia in 2000, and that it was not IHG's policy back then to check the qualifications of people who came onboard through acquisitions.
Mr Tony South, a senior IHG vice-president, will be acting chief of Asia-Pacific operations 'pending a permanent appointment', she added.
Source: Straits Times
Sometimes I wonder, why do we still place so much emphasis on qualifications? Isn't talent more important than that piece of paper?
I know that he resign not because he does not have the qualifications, but because of integrity. He lied in his CV. But look at it this way, if he didn't lie in his CV, would he be able to get that position? I doubt so. And if he didn't lied in his CV, would the company given him the chance to hold such a high position with a good chance to perform?
It's amazing that someone without any paper qualifications can hold such a high position and even win the Asia-Pacific Hotelier Of The Year award. Should we sit down, pause for a few second and ask ourselves.... is a paper qualification really that important? There are a lot of successful people without degree qualification.
Paper qualifications is the only way for an employer to know how good the person is during the interview. But does having good grades means you are a good worker? Or does not having any paper qualifications means that you are not good? Can a piece of paper proof that the person has talent?
Have you seen people with fantastic results in school yet perform badly at work? And have you seen people without any qualification yet perform well at work?
It's just like the current situtation that I'm in. I've been working with the company for 4 years already. I'm a Junior Officer because I only have a diploma. But I've been doing things that Senior Officer does. My performance is good, but the only thing that is holding me back from the promotion is my qualification. My boss even told me that I will be promoted once I get my degree.
But why? You mean a piece of paper is more important than performance?