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Press Release 8 October 2010

Cornell Scholars, Hospitality Executives to Discuss Distribution Management at Dean’s Leadership Series

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A panel of leading hospitality academics and executives will discuss "Distribution Management: Who Owns the Hospitality Customer?" at the seventh edition of the Dean’s Leadership Series, presented by the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration (SHA). The panel discussion will be held Monday, November 15, 7:45 - 10:00 a.m., at the Metropolitan Club in New York City.


“Distribution management is a complex business component of the hospitality industry, and everyone is trying to figure out how to come out on top,” said Michael D. Johnson, dean and E. M. Statler Professor at SHA. “Our panelists will examine the interrelationships among various distribution channels, analyze the impact these channels have on the industry, and discuss the future of distribution management in hospitality.”

Johnson will moderate the discussion. Panelists will be:

  • Chris Anderson, Assistant Professor, Operations Management, Cornell School of Administration
  • Sherri Kimes, Singapore Tourism Board Distinguished Professor in Asian Hospitality Management, Cornell School of Hotel Administration
  • Joe Long '83, Chief Investment Officer and Executive Vice President, Development, Kimpton Hotel and Restaurant Group
  • David Pavelko, Head of Travel, Google
  • Jay Shah '90, CEO, Hersha Hospitality Trust
  • Sush Torgalkar '99, Managing Principal, Westbrook Partners

The Dean’s Leadership Series, which provides a platform for industry leaders to discuss the most important topics facing hospitality today, was established in November 2007. Previous editions of this series have attracted nearly 300 hospitality executives and members of the press in New York, Washington, DC, Orlando, and Paris.

The Wall Street Journal is the title sponsor of the event, and USA TODAY is the media partner. Other corporate sponsors are Bench Events, FRANCE 24, Harney & Sons Fine Teas, Hospitality Design, Hotel Business, HOTELS, HotelWorld Network, Hotel Yearbook, Hsyndicate, PhoCusWright, and the School of Hotel Administration's Center for Hospitality Research, Center for Real Estate Finance, and Leland C. and Mary M. Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship.

For more information about the Dean’s Leadership Series, please visit the event website: .

To become a corporate sponsor of the Dean’s Leadership Series, please contact Rachel Ash ’99 MBA ’06, manager, corporate and foundation affairs, at [email protected]

About the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration | The Cornell University School of Hotel Administration is shaping the global knowledge base for hospitality management through leadership in education, research and industry advancement. The school provides management instruction in the full range of hospitality disciplines, educating the next generation of leaders in the world's largest industry. Founded in 1922 as the nation's first collegiate course of study in hospitality management, the Cornell School of Hotel Administration is recognized as the world leader in its field. For more information, visit .

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