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Mr. Tardy

Herve Tardy

VP & GM, Distributed Power Infrastructure Division (Americas), Eaton

Herve Tardy is Vice President and General Manager of Eaton's Distributed Power Infrastructure business unit. In this role, Mr. Tardy manages the Americas product roadmap for power solutions, software and connectivity products to reinforce Eaton's technology leadership. He also has responsibility for the Eaton IT channel, working closely with IT resellers and managed service providers to design strategies that drive recurring revenue opportunities for a range of end markets.

Mr. Tardy is a 30-year veteran of the uninterruptible power system (UPS) industry and has held multiple positions in sales, channel marketing, marketing communications, product marketing and product development.

At Eaton, he has closely watched shifts in the IT landscape that continue to have an impact on the hotel industry, including: the emergence of cloud and hybrid models for managing IT workloads; the rise of edge computing and distributed IT; and the evolution of cybersecurity as the Internet-of-Things and increased connectivity have created new opportunities for cyber threats.

Additionally, he continues to work with Eaton's customers across industries to provide reliable backup power solutions to ensure business continuity in the event of outages or other unplanned power events.

Ultimately, through integration with Eaton Alliance Partners such as VMware, Cisco, Microsoft and Nutanix, Mr. Tardy works with IT solution providers to align their power management strategies in a way that anticipates emerging technology trends and prepares end customers to meet tomorrow's challenges.

Mr. Tardy is based in Raleigh, North Carolina, and he graduated from the ESSEC Business School in Paris, France, and the Stanford Executive Program.

Please visit http://powerquality.eaton.com/USA for more information.

Mr. Tardy can be contacted at HerveTardy@Eaton.com

Coming up in December 2020...

Hotel Law: Protecting Guest Privacy

Every business is obligated to protect their customers from identity theft but unfortunately, data breaches have become all too common. In an effort to protect a guest's right to privacy and to safeguard their personal data, the European Union passed a General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that could hold hotels legally liable for any breaches that expose a customer's sensitive personal information. Though the GDPR only pertains to EU citizens' data, any international business that mishandles their data can be legally responsible. Another legal issue of concern is the fight involving hotel "resort fees." Several states attorney generals have recently filed suit against two major hotel chains in an effort to litigate this practice. Their suit alleges that these companies are "engaged in deceptive and misleading pricing practices and their failure to disclose fees is in violation of consumer protection laws." The suit seeks to force the hotel chains to advertise the true price of their hotel rooms. There are several other legal issues that the industry is being forced to address. Sexual harassment prevention in the workplace is still top of mind for hotel employers-particularly in New York and California, which now statutorily require harassment training. Hotels and motels in California will also soon be required to train all their employees on human trafficking awareness. Immigration issues are also of major concern to hotel employers, especially in the midst of a severe labor shortage. The government is issuing fewer H2B visas for low-skilled workers, as well as J-1 visas for temporary workers. Though there is little hope for any comprehensive immigration reform, hotel lobbying groups are actively seeking legal remedies to alleviate this problem. These are just a few of the critical issues that the December issue of the Hotel Business Review will examine in the area of hotel law.