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Ms. Sewell

Alexandra Sewell

Vice President of Mid-Market & Enterprise Marketing, Comcast Business

As Vice President of Mid-Market & Enterprise Marketing for Comcast Business, Alexandra Sewell is responsible for defining the go-to-market strategies for the enterprise segment with a focus on building and expanding Comcast’s Built4Enterprise initiatives. In addition, Ms. Sewell is responsible for developing the marketing strategies to generate subscriber and revenue growth within mid-market and strategic vertical segments. During her career at Comcast, Ms. Sewell has focused on developing innovative product, marketing and public relations strategies that have resulted in significant sales and revenue growth. Most notably Ms. Sewell was responsible for the successful launch of Business Hospitality, a product suite consisting of Ethernet, Internet, Video and Voice services packaged for the Hospitality industry. In addition, she was instrumental in launching the Business Services video product portfolio for small and medium-sized businesses, and she led the Business Services component of Project Cavalry, Comcast’s all-digital initiative touching almost every residential and business customer in the Comcast footprint. An industry leader, Ms. Sewell has more than 19 years of experience within the cable industry spanning virtually every aspect of product management, marketing and public relations. In 2014, Ms. Sewell was recognized as one of Fierce Telecom’s Women in Wireline, 2014 which honors top women executives in the wireline segment of the telecom industry. Prior to joining Comcast’s Business Services team, Ms. Sewell held various sales, marketing, public relations and business development positions within the Comcast family of companies. Her previous roles have included: Director of Marketing Solutions for Comcast Networks; Director of Strategic Sales Alliances for Comcast Cable; Director of Marketing and Public Relations for CN8, The Comcast Network; Corporate Marketing Manager & Senior Publicist for QVC, the television shopping network (prior to its sale to Liberty Interactive). Ms. Sewell holds a bachelor of arts from Pennsylvania State University. She is a member of the Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM), Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT), Hotel Technology Next Generation (HTNG), The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA), The Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS), and the Stadium Management Association (SMA).

Ms. Sewell can be contacted at 877-967-4999 or alex@sewellgardner.com

Coming up in March 2019...

Human Resources: An Era of Transition

Traditionally, the human resource department administers five key areas within a hotel operation - compliance, compensation and benefits, organizational dynamics, selection and retention, and training and development. However, HR professionals are also presently involved in culture-building activities, as well as implementing new employee on-boarding practices and engagement initiatives. As a result, HR professionals have been elevated to senior leadership status, creating value and profit within their organization. Still, they continue to face some intractable issues, including a shrinking talent pool and the need to recruit top-notch employees who are empowered to provide outstanding customer service. In order to attract top-tier talent, one option is to take advantage of recruitment opportunities offered through colleges and universities, especially if they have a hospitality major. This pool of prospective employees is likely to be better educated and more enthusiastic than walk-in hires. Also, once hired, there could be additional training and development opportunities that stem from an association with a college or university. Continuing education courses, business conferences, seminars and online instruction - all can be a valuable source of employee development opportunities. In addition to meeting recruitment demands in the present, HR professionals must also be forward-thinking, anticipating the skills that will be needed in the future to meet guest expectations. One such skill that is becoming increasingly valued is “resilience”, the ability to “go with the flow” and not become overwhelmed by the disruptive influences  of change and reinvention. In an era of transition—new technologies, expanding markets, consolidation of brands and businesses, and modifications in people's values and lifestyles - the capacity to remain flexible, nimble and resilient is a valuable skill to possess. The March Hotel Business Review will examine some of the strategies that HR professionals are employing to ensure that their hotel operations continue to thrive.