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Mr. Laveti

Sridhar Laveti

Vice President of R&D & Global Customer Support, Agilysys

Mr. Sridhar Laveti is the Vice President of R&D and Global Customer Support at Agilysys. In this role, he is responsible for leading the product engineering and product management strategies for InfoGeenisis, LMS, Visual One, Eatec, DataMagine, rGuest Seat and SWS. Mr. Laveti is an accomplished executive and brings more than 25 years of demonstrated technology and management leadership skills to the customer support teams.

Prior to joining Agilysys in 2017, Mr. Laveti was the Senior Vice President of Gaming Systems Business at Scientific Games, a lottery and gaming company. In that role, Mr. Laveti was responsible for overseeing over 1,300 employees and managing the Gaming Systems business group, which included R&D, Product Management, Services and Support.

In his earlier career, Mr. Laveti was with Manhattan Associates, a supply chain planning and execution software solutions company. As one of the first five employees, Mr. Laveti helped drive the design, development and services of the company's flagship products. During his 14 years at Manhattan Associates, Mr. Laveti held a variety of leadership positions with increasing responsibility, overseeing the development and services management of their supply chain solutions. Most recently, he was Senior Director of Professional Services at Manhattan Associates, responsible for software delivery and consulting services. During his tenure, Mr. Laveti contributed to the company's significant revenue grew to approximately $300 million annually, and more than 2,000 employees worldwide.

Mr. Laveti graduated from University of Madras, India with a master's degree in Engineering. He also received a bachelor's degree in electronics and communications from University of Madras, India. In his free time, Mr. Laveti volunteers with multiple charities in Atlanta area to assist underprivileged families in urban areas.


Please visit http://www.agilysys.com for more information.

Mr. Laveti can be contacted at 770-810-7800 or sridhar.laveti@agilysys.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.