Chief people and culture officer & global diversity champion
VP People & Organisational Development – Dorchester Collection, Regional Director of Human Resources – The Savoy & Fairmont Hotels & Resorts Europe, Director of Human Resources – Fairmont Olympic Hotel Seattle, Director of Human Resources – Westin Los Angeles
A multi-award winning industry leader, Eugenio Pirri has dedicated his 30-year career to ensuring that people are the cornerstone of every business decision. An ardent advocate for diversity and inclusion across all aspects of operation, Pirri has pioneered several pivotal initiatives for Dorchester Collection, including the We Care philosophy.
As the company’s global diversity champion, Pirri works closely with Stonewall and other organisations to ensure that he maintains a workplace that’s truly inclusive.
Born in Canada to Italian parents, Pirri first began his career in his local McDonald’s restaurant in Quesnel, BC. His leadership talent was quickly realised when he became restaurant manager at only 16 years of age.
Pirri went on to study Tourism & Hospitality, as well as Employment Law and Human Rights in Vancouver before holding several managerial positions within the hospitality trade. In his previous position as regional HR director of Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, Pirri was responsible for implementing an aligned corporate HR strategy across all its European properties.
Joining Dorchester Collection in 2011 as vice president, people and organisational development, Pirri committed himself to reshaping the company culture, grounded in a holistic approach to employee and guest engagement within all constituents of the business. He was appointed chief people and culture officer in 2017 where he continues to direct all aspects of human resources, including learning and development, employee & guest engagement, and corporate responsibility. Pirri was also instrumental in the formation of the Dorchester Collection Academy, a unique training venue offering bespoke learning programmes for businesses and aspirational brands.
An esteemed industry leader, Pirri has garnered many awards during his career and is frequently recognised for his invaluable contributions to the industry. He and his team have achieved numerous 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. Most notably, Pirri has been recognised on the HR most influential practitioner list by HR magazine for the past five consecutive years.
Pirri is also the author of a successful book, “Be a People Leader: A Sustainable Framework for Achieving Your Full Leadership Potential”, in which he shares his strategy for successful people management in the workplace.
“I believe hospitality is about people. Therefore, for me, this then is the best part about working in Human Resources! For me it brings together to joy of customer service with the uniqueness and potential of the people that serve within it.
Everyone has the opportunity to do great things in our industry and as a people leader, I love to support people to reach their potential. My HR career in Hospitality allows me to do just that!”