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Mr. Guay

Claude Guay

President & CEO, iPerceptions Inc.

Claude Guay is President & CEO of iPerceptions Inc. (TSX.V:IPE), a leading provider of web-focused Voice of Customer analytics since May 2009. Mr. Guay demonstrated in the last 10 years that he is a versatile “C” level international executive with recognized leadership in General Management and particular expertise in business development, sales and marketing using strategic applications of technology. Until recently, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Gildan Activewear, a global apparel manufacturer listed on the NYSE and TSX. During his two-year tenure, Gildan Activewear grew from $773 million to $1.25 billion in annual sales. He also founded MTI Services in 2005 to provide management consulting services related to business strategy, technology and innovation. Prior to this, he was the President & CEO of Accovia Inc., a leading international provider of travel packaging technology. He significantly improved Accovia product offering, image and financial results while managing the process for the sale of the company. Previously with IBM, Mr. Guay spent the last six years of his IBM career with its Global Travel and Transportation Industry Unit; his worldwide responsibilities included management consulting, marketing, business development and travel distribution solutions. Mr. Guay headed the IBM team that developed a portfolio of new solutions. He assisted in the creation of innovative e-commerce strategies for two premier international airlines and led IBM's efforts related to e-marketplaces in the travel industry. Throughout his IBM career, he had the opportunity to participate as a pioneer and forerunner of industry trends such as electronic distribution, outsourcing, system integration, rapid application development and business process reengineering. A widely recognized and often quoted expert in travel-related e-commerce and technology, Mr. Guay participates as a keynote speaker at many travel conferences and has been quoted and published in numerous trade publications. Mr. Guay also held seats on the Board of Directors of Accovia Inc. (2001-05), Open Travel Alliance (2003-05) and an innovative technology start-up called StormMaker Software (2002-05). He joined the Quebec Tourism Circle in 1998, was a founding member of the Technology Committee of the Canadian Tourism Commission and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Palais des congrès de Montreal. A member of the Young Presidents' Organization, Mr. Guay is a graduate of Industrial Engineering from l'École Polytechnique de Montreal and a Professional Engineer since 1984.

Mr. Guay can be contacted at 877-796-3600 or cguay@iperceptions.com

Coming up in January 2020...

Mobile Technology: Meeting Tech Expectations

What once seemed futuristic is now the norm, owing to the escalating developments in mobile technology, and hotels must continue to innovate in order to meet guest expectations. In a recent study from Mower, 65 percent of guests said they would gladly pay more for a hotel that provides the mobile technology they deem essential. The same study shows that 44 percent of travelers are more likely to book a smart hotel, and nearly 7 in 10 want to use smart devices provided by the hotel. And how do guests wish to use all this technology? A majority expressed a desire for mobile check-in and check-out, and mobile payment options. They also want to be able to stream content from their phone to the TV; to make service requests of the hotel staff; to control in-room lighting, temperature and sound; to order food and beverages; and to request a wake-up call - all from their mobile device. Guests also expressed preferences for robust wi-fi and convenient device charging ports throughout the hotel. They also appreciate the use of hotel branded apps which allow a guest to book a room, access loyalty programs, receive discounts and rewards, and even use the app to choose the room, floor and view they prefer. Some hotel apps also allow a customer to track their charges throughout their stay, rather than waiting to receive a bill at the end. Finally, mobile tech lounges are popping up more frequently in some hotels. These lounges offer guests the opportunity to perform tasks like airline check-ins or access to local info guides, but they also provide a place where guests can comfortably get some work done outside their room. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to meet their customers' expectations in the mobile technology space.