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Mr. Pirri

Eugenio Pirri

Chief People & Culture Officer, The Dorchester Collection

As the chief people & culture officer for the London-based Dorchester Collection, Eugenio Pirri and his team are responsible for all aspects of Human Resources, Learning and Development, Employee & Guest Engagement, Innovation, Corporate Responsibility and The Dorchester Collection Academy Centre which offers high-calibre learning and development to external audiences globally. In his role, he works with all functions in the business to ensure people are the cornerstone of every business decision.

Mr. Pirri is a well-rounded professional with an exceptional background in people leadership, organisational development, people practices, education, development and operations; global experience within diverse cultures and attitudes. He leads the business and change by thoughtfully challenging the status quo, disrupting traditional ways of thinking, showing common ground where needed and building long term sustainable people and strategic initiatives.

Mr. Pirri has over 30 years of operations and people resources experience, a proven success record in people management, operational performance, human resources, organisational development, finance, change management, employee relations, grounded in a holistic approach to employee and guest engagement within all constituents of the business. He has knowledge and experience operating and managing in several countries including the United Kingdom, Canada, United States, France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and Japan.

He and his team have been awarded several accolades including Distinction in Talent Management by the HR Distinction Awards, Excellence in Employee Engagement from HR in Hospitality and Employee Engagement Company of the Year by the Employee Engagement Awards. Mr. Pirri has been recognised as HR Director of the Year and, for the past five years, has been ranked in the HR Most Influential List by HR Magazine. He is regularly asked to provide his views and opinion in the media and, in 2016, published his first book, Be A People Leader - A Sustainable Framework for Achieving your Full Potential. You can follow him on LinkedIn and Twitter.


Please visit http://www.dorchestercollection.com for more information.

Mr. Pirri can be contacted at +44 207-629-8888 or eugenio.pirri@dorchestercollection.com

Coming up in September 2020...

Hotel Group Meetings: Demand vs. Supply

It is a great time for hotel group meetings. It is expected that once again this sector will grow by 5-10% in 2020, partly due to the increasing value of in-person group meetings. Because people now spend so much time in front of their screens, face-to-face interactions have become a more treasured commodity in our modern world. Plus, the use of social media reinforces the value of engagement, discussion, conversation, and networking - all areas where group meetings shine. Despite this rosy outlook, there is a concern that demand for meetings far exceeds the supply of suitable venues and hotels. There are very few "big box" properties with 500-plus rooms and extensive conference facilities being built, and this shortage of inventory could pose a serious challenge for meeting planners. In addition to location concerns, the role of the meeting planner has also evolved significantly. Planners are no longer just meeting coordinators - they are de facto travel agents. Cultural interactions, local dining, experiential travel, and team-building activities are all now a part of their meeting mix. Plus, they have to cater to evolving tastes. Millennials are insisting on healthier venues and activities, and to meet their demands, hotels are making yoga breaks, fresh-pressed juices, plant-based diets, state-of-the-art gyms, and locally-sourced menus available. Millennials are also insisting that meeting venues practice Corporate Social Responsibility, which means upholding sustainable and ethical values; investment in the local community; health and well-being of employees; and general business practices that reflect being good citizens of the planet. Finally, there is a growing trend to merge meetings with other local events, such as music festivals, sporting events, and cultural attractions. The December Hotel Business Review will report on issues relevant to group meetings and will document what some hotels are doing to support this part of their operations.