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Ms. Tesarova

Katarina Tesarova

Vice President of Global Sustainability, Las Vegas Sands Corporation

Katarina Tesarova is the Vice President of Global Sustainability for Las Vegas Sands Corporation, the world's pre-eminent developer and operator of world-class Integrated Resorts.

In this capacity, Ms. Tesarova leads Las Vegas Sands' global sustainability efforts by developing and implementing a comprehensive sustainability strategy through the award-winning Sands ECO360 program focused on reducing the environmental impacts of the organization.

Under Ms. Tesarova's leadership, the organization has received several notable recognitions including the CDP Climate and Water A List rankings, inclusion in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices for North America, several building certifications in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®), and formal approval of emissions reduction targets by the Science Based Target Initiative.

Prior to joining Las Vegas Sands Corp., Ms. Tesarova was responsible for managing property sustainability programs at MGM Resorts International as Director of Sustainable Operations.

She was also responsible for the LEED® building certification of CityCenter, an $8.6 billion, mixed-use urban destination in Las Vegas. Under Ms. Tesarova's guidance and direction, CityCenter achieved six LEED Gold certifications making it the largest new construction LEED certified project in the world.

Ms. Tesarova is recognized for her expertise in green buildings and has served on various prestigious panels and committees, including the Sustainability and Efficiency Task Force for the United States Department of Homeland Security.

Ms. Tesarova received her law degree from Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia. She also earned a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree with a concentration in Finance from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Ms. Tesarova is a LEED BD+C Accredited Professional.

Please visit http://www.sands.com for more information.

Ms. Tesarova can be contacted at +1 702-607-4530 or katarina.tesarova@sands.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.