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Mr. Johns

Paul Johns

Chief Marketing Officer , Conversocial

Paul Johns is a recognized industry executive with proven experience in brand storytelling, product marketing, analyst and investor relations. As CMO of Conversocial, Mr. Johns oversees the company's global marketing, branding and public relations activities as the company continues to capitalize on the growing market demand for social-based customer service in the call center. Mr. Johns joined Conversocial in 2014 from Thomson Reuters, where he held multiple senior level marketing roles, including global head of marketing & communication of Financial & Risk, and CMO of the Governance, Risk and Compliance division. Previously Mr. Johns was CMO of Complinet, which was acquired by Thomson Reuters in 2010. Earlier in his career, he served as a CMO for a series of young technology startups, bringing them public by defining company strategy, developing advocacy and growing each business through product development, channel marketing, partnerships and acquisitions. These companies include Orchestria (now CA Technologies), Axiom Systems, GenesysLabs and Broadbase Software (now Kana).

Mr. Johns can be contacted at paul.johns@conversocial.com

Coming up in December 2019...

Hotel Law: A Labor Crisis and Cyber Security

According to a recent study, the hospitality industry accounted for 2.9 trillion dollars in sales and in the U.S. alone, was responsible for 1 in 9 jobs. In an industry of that scope and dimension, legal issues touch every aspect of a hotel's operation, and legal services are required in order to conform to all prevailing laws and regulations. Though not all hotels face the same issues, there are some industry-wide subjects that are of concern more broadly. One of those matters is the issue of immigration and how it affects the ability of hotels to recruit qualified employees. The hotel industry is currently facing a labor crisis; the U.S. Labor Department estimates that there are 600,000 unfilled jobs in the industry. Part of the problem contributing to this labor shortage is the lack of H2B visas for low-skilled workers, combined with the difficulty in obtaining J-1 visas for temporary workers. Because comprehensive immigration reform is not being addressed politically, hotel managers expect things are going to get worse before they get better. Corporate cyber security is another major legal issue the industry must address. Hotels are under enormous pressure in this area given the large volume of customer financial transactions they handle daily. Recently, a federal court ruled that the Federal Trade Commission had the power to regulate corporate cyber security, so it is incumbent on hotels to establish data security programs in order to prevent data breaches. The lack of such programs could cause hotels to face legal threats from government agencies, class action lawsuits, and damage to their brand image if a data breach should occur. These are just two of the critical issues that the December issue of Hotel Business Review will examine in the area of hotel law.