VP Global Employee Relations and Employment Counsel
American Express Global Business Travel
A recognized compliance officer, employment attorney and entrepreneur, Ms. Hotchkiss joined GBT US LLC, dba American Express Global Business Travel, in June 2014. Reporting jointly to the CHRO and the GCO, she is responsible for managing the global employee relations function and employment legal matters for its approximately 17,000-person workforce.
Ms. Hotchkiss has been practicing law for more than 30 years. Immediately prior to joining GBT, she was the managing member of Hotchkiss Law, LLC, a firm devoted to assisting companies in complying with their workforce legal obligations. She also founded EmLaw Training, a consulting firm dedicated to training supervisors and human resource professionals on their legal employment risks and obligations.
From 2006 - 2013, she served as senior vice president, Employment Counsel for Wyndham Worldwide, a global hospitality company with over 25,000 employees. Reporting to the General Counsel, she managed a team of employment attorneys and paralegals who advised the Company on all aspects of employment law and policy and defended the Company in employment-related actions.
She also served as Wyndham’s Corporate Compliance Officer from 2006 - 2012, during which time she developed and managed Wyndham’s first compliance program. In 2009, Wyndham’s Business Principles was rated one of the top Codes of Conduct in the hospitality industry. In 2010 and 2011 Wyndham received EthisphereTM Institute’s World’s Most Ethical Companies award, and in 2012, NJ Biz awarded Ms. Hotchkiss the NJ Corporate Compliance Counsel Award.
From 1997 – 2006, Ms. Hotchkiss was senior vice president, Employment Counsel for Cendant Corporation, a global franchise, hospitality and travel services company which grew to over 100,000 employees. During this time, she managed the employment legal function.
Prior to joining Cendant, Ms. Hotchkiss worked for three years as in-house Employment Counsel to Prudential Securities, and for six years as an Associate with the boutique employment and labor firm of Grotta, Glassman & Hoffman, where she practiced as a litigation associate representing management in the defense of employment related actions.
Throughout her career, Ms. Hotchkiss has remained actively involved in bar and civic activities. In addition to holding leadership positions in the NJ State Bar Association, she has served on the boards of over 10 non-profit organizations, including 6 years with Planned Parenthood of Northern New Jersey and 6 years with Cornerstone Family Programs in Morristown, NJ. She also served as president of Historic Speedwell, where the telegraph was perfected, and oversaw its transition to become a government owned property. Currently, she serves on the Board of the Mitchelville Preservation Project, an organization dedicated to preserving the first self-governed town of freed slaves in America. She also serves on the Governance Committee of her Community, Colleton River Club, an unincorporated association in Bluffton, SC.