HRMI 2021: Eugenio Pirri, Chief People and Culture Officer, The Dorchester Collection

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.

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.  

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.

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Eugenio Pirri was ranked first on the list of HR Most Influential practitioners 2021.