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Ms. Vereb

Francesca Vereb

Senior Director of Product Marketing for Hospitality Cloud, Cvent

Francesca Vereb is the Sr. Director of Product Marketing for the Hospitality Cloud at Cvent, the global meeting, event, and travel technology provider for meeting and event professionals. She is a strategic and data-driven product and marketing expert with an entrepreneurial streak and a passion for the convergence of strategy and execution excellence. She thrives while working across business units and at all levels of an organization to develop and grow B2B and B2C concepts and strategies, while translating them into actionable tactics that amplify awareness and yield sustainable growth. In her Sr. Director of Product Marketing role at Cvent, she leads an international team that is responsible for evolving and executing the go-to-market strategy for Hospitality Cloud products, including integrated solutions for group and transient hospitality audiences. She works closely with Cvent's technology and sales teams in areas such as value proposition development, demand generation tactics, and sales enablement strategies and content development, with a specialized focus on account-based marketing. She continues to drive high revenue growth in her position, while accessing market and competitor environments to expand market share. Prior to Cvent, Ms. Vereb served as the Director of Strategic Marketing for Gannett and Director of Global Marketing for Hilton. She also tackled complex marketing initiatives in a tough turn-around situation at a luxury master-planned national developer during the housing crisis, and started her career in strategic ad agencies working in USA, Europe, and Africa where she led campaigns for brands like Red Bull, Cadbury, Intercontinental Hotels, and Pfizer. Please visit http://www.cvent.com for more information.

Ms. Vereb can be contacted at 866-318-4358 or fvereb@cvent.com

Coming up in March 2018...

Human Resources: Value Creation

Businesses must evolve to stay competitive and this is also true of employment positions within those organizations. In the hotel industry, for example, the role that HR professionals perform continues to broaden and expand. Today, they are generally responsible for five key areas - government compliance; payroll and benefits; employee acquisition and retention; training and development; and organizational structure and culture. In this enlarged capacity, HR professionals are no longer seen as part of an administrative cost center, but rather as a member of the leadership team that creates strategic value within their organization. HR professionals help to define company policies and plans; enact and enforce systems of accountability; and utilize definable metrics to measure and justify outcomes. Of course, there are always new issues for HR professionals to address. Though seemingly safe for the moment, will the Affordable Care Act ultimately be repealed and replaced and, if so, what will the ramifications be? There are issues pertaining to Millennials in the workforce and women in leadership roles, as well as determining the appropriate use of social media within the organization. There are new onboarding processes and e-learning training platforms to evaluate, in addition to keeping abreast of political issues like the minimum wage hike movement, or the re-evaluation of overtime rules. Finally, there are genuine immigration and deportation issues that affect HR professionals, especially if they are located in Dreamer Cities, or employ a workforce that could be adversely impacted by federal government policies. The March Hotel Business Review will take a look at some of the issues, strategies and techniques that HR professionals are employing to create and sustain value in their organization.