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

Coming up in September 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.