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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 May 2019...

Eco-Friendly Practices: Corporate Social Responsibility

The hotel industry has undertaken a long-term effort to build more responsible and socially conscious businesses. What began with small efforts to reduce waste - such as paperless checkouts and refillable soap dispensers - has evolved into an international movement toward implementing sustainable development practices. In addition to establishing themselves as good corporate citizens, adopting eco-friendly practices is sound business for hotels. According to a recent report from Deloitte, 95% of business travelers believe the hotel industry should be undertaking “green” initiatives, and Millennials are twice as likely to support brands with strong management of environmental and social issues. Given these conclusions, hotels are continuing to innovate in the areas of environmental sustainability. For example, one leading hotel chain has designed special elevators that collect kinetic energy from the moving lift and in the process, they have reduced their energy consumption by 50%  over conventional elevators. Also, they installed an advanced air conditioning system which employs a magnetic mechanical system that makes them more energy efficient. Other hotels are installing Intelligent Building Systems which monitor and control temperatures in rooms, common areas and swimming pools, as well as ventilation and cold water systems. Some hotels are installing Electric Vehicle charging stations, planting rooftop gardens, implementing stringent recycling programs, and insisting on the use of biodegradable materials. Another trend is the creation of Green Teams within a hotel's operation that are tasked to implement earth-friendly practices and manage budgets for green projects. Some hotels have even gone so far as to curtail or eliminate room service, believing that keeping the kitchen open 24/7 isn't terribly sustainable. The May issue of the Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to integrate sustainable practices into their operations and how they are benefiting from them.