- Eric also won the additional “Integrity Award”
- Virtual awards ceremony held at the RevGen Digital Summit Europe hosted by GDS Group
GDS Group, the global events, research and technology services company, has today awarded Eric De Neef, Executive Vice President & Global Chief Commercial Officer at Radisson Hotel Group with the title of “Sales Leader of the Year – Europe”. Eric was also recognised for the additional Integrity award which recognises achievements in terms of ethics, improving the working lives of colleagues, supporting marketplace change or reducing environmental impact. The awards were presented during a live, interactive virtual ceremony at the RevGen Digital Summit Europe 2021 on 5th May 2021.
Radisson Hotel Group is one of the world’s largest and most dynamic hotel groups with nine distinctive hotel brands counting more than 1,500 hotels in operation and under development around the world.
Eric was chosen as the winner by a judging panel of his peers, including Tim Richardson, founder of Black Isle Group and Juliet Slot, Consultant & Non-Executive Director of the British Olympic Association.
The judges were keen to highlight Eric’s commitment to sustainability during the challenging period for the hospitality sector “During an exceptionally difficult year for the hospitality industry, you clearly went above and beyond in order to focus on the sustainability of the future.”
In another comment, one judge remarked on the hotel group’s focus on innovation, “It is clear that Radisson Hotel Group have not sat back and felt sorry for themselves in terms of the impact of the pandemic, but have put themselves in the minds of their customers and worked hard to innovate processes and offering that improve the experience.”
The Sales Leader of the Year award recognises outstanding C-Suite (or equivalent) executives in sales or revenue generation roles who can demonstrate exemplary leadership through real-world achievements in their field. The judges were particularly interested in seeing evidence of the application of innovative technologies or strategies over the last 12 months that have led to improved business performance and customer experience.
In addition to the main award, three further awards were announced to recognise achievements in specific areas, with Eric also being recognised in the Integrity Award. The two further award category winners were:
- Luca Giacoma-Caire, CMO of Cofidis Italia was given the Innovation & Transformation Award for demonstrating successful innovation and/or transformation of their operations, team, technology and processes to improve outcomes for their organisation.
- Claudia Ivanova Fotev, Area Director Revenue Optimization – Northern Europe, also from Radisson Hotel Group, was given the Business Impact Award for delivering outstanding business performance.
About the Leadership Excellence Awards
The Leadership Excellence Awards recognize excellence in senior leadership within large enterprises, whether that be through innovation, inspiring colleagues, making excellent decisions, bravery, or achieving outstanding business growth.
About the RevGen Digital Summit Europe 2021
Sales leaders are navigating the ‘new normal’ challenges, with things looking unlikely to go back to the way things were before the pandemic. Discovering and selling value will be a matter of survival not just for elite sellers but a required practice for every seller. How can we shift mindsets from hoping things will go back to the way they were to instead building a ‘new better’?
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About GDS Group
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