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Mr. Sekar

Kiren Sekar

Director of Marketing, Meraki

Kiren Sekar leads marketing efforts at Meraki, the leader in Cloud Networking. With a 100% cloud-based product line, Meraki’s architecture delivers out-of-the-box security, scalability, and management to enterprise networks. Meraki has been deployed in over 18,000 customer networks worldwide, including Stanford University, British Telecom, Burger King, Starbucks, and M.I.T. Meraki was named a visionary in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Wireless LAN, and won Techworld’s Wireless and Mobility Product of the Year. Throughout his career, Mr. Sekar has worked to remove barriers to communication and collaboration through the use of technology. In both marketing and product development roles, he has furthered technologies that bring simplicity, ease of use, and cost effectiveness to previously complex solutions. Prior to Meraki, Mr. Sekar has held leadership positions in a number of Silicon Valley startups in engineering and management. Mr. Sekar began his career as a software engineer at Apple, where he was responsible for Apple’s networking and collaboration platform that today are used in every Mac, iPhone, and iPad. He holds numerous patents for networking protocols and collaboration systems. Mr. Sekar is active in network infrastructure community, having recently participated on panels in wireless, cloud computing, and wide area networks at Interop 2011 in Las Vegas. Mr. Sekar received his degree in computer science from Stanford University, where he specialized in networking and distributed systems. He is an avid skier, climber, and photographer. Mr. Sekar lives in San Francisco, CA.

Mr. Sekar can be contacted at 415-632-5800 or pr@meraki.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.