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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 44-0-207-629-8888 or eugenio.pirri@dorchestercollection.com

Coming up in September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.