Meet the First Set of Speakers for Inaugural Skift Data + AI Summit

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We are thrilled to announce the first round of speakers for the inaugural Skift Data + AI Summit in New York City on June 4. The lineup will include some of the brightest minds in the industry, each bringing their unique insights and expertise to the table.

We are thrilled to unveil the first round of speakers for the highly anticipated inaugural Skift Data + AI Summit, set to take place in New York City on June 4th. This summit promises to be an electrifying convergence of minds at the forefront of data and generative AI, shaping the future of the travel industry worldwide.

Among our esteemed speakers are visionaries and leaders who are driving transformative change in their respective fields:

Drew Pinto – EVP and Chief Revenue and Technology Officer at Marriott International

Drew Pinto’s leadership at Marriott International underscores the pivotal role that data and AI play in shaping the future of hospitality. In his time with Marriott, the company has utilized Ai to optimize the booking process and contribute to new room revenue, positioning Marriott to leverage technology and enhance the guest experience.  

Chris Hemmeter – Managing Director of Thayer Ventures

With a keen eye for transformative technologies, Chris Hemmeter leads Thayer Ventures in identifying and nurturing groundbreaking startups in the travel and hospitality sectors. Thayer Ventures’ investment strategy demonstrates the strength of approaching AI-driven solutions as an essential disruptor of the travel tech status quo. 

Marilyn Markham VP, Engineering & AI Strategy AMEX GBT

Corporate travel is a key area where machine learning and automation can drive efficiencies in the booking process. At AMEX GBT, Marilyn Markham is helping to oversee the rollout of AI capabilities across the company, making sure implementation is secure and compliant as they scale. We’ll hear both the opportunities and potential headwinds involved in this adoption.

Gilad Berenstien – Founder of Brook Bay Capital

Gilad Berenstien’s approach to AI and machine learning  has propelled Brook Bay Capital to the forefront of investment in cutting-edge technologies and teams. His emphasis on AI models that prioritize thorough data and system training is key to Brook Bay’s positioning in the travel industry and beyond. 

Stephanie Daniel – Co-Founder and CEO of Legends

With a profound understanding of how data and AI can revolutionize business strategies, Stephanie Daniel leads Legends as the co-founder and CEO. Legends AI powered platform unlocks a new era of personalization by transforming travelers’ phone and photo data into actionable insights to help brands increase revenue, loyalty and experience. 

Marc Zornes – CEO and CO-Founder of Winnow

After contributing to the sustainability practices of McKinsey as former Engagement Manager, Marc targeted a need in the hospitality sector to cut food waste. Utilizing AI tools, Zornes’ company, Winnow, helps brands across hospitality and beyond reduce waste, optimize food, and improve efficiencies and bottom lines through technology.

Kurien Jacob – Partner & MD at Highgate Technology Ventures (HTV)

Kurien Jacob brings a wealth of experience and expertise in harnessing the power of data and AI to drive innovation and optimize operations. As a Partner & Managing Director at HTV, he continues to push the boundaries of what’s possible in technology-driven solutions in a global real estate investment and hospitality organization that has long relied on fresh revenue management tools across its properties to maintain a strong footprint in the U.S., Europe, the Caribbean, and Latin America.

These are just a few of the 15+ speakers planned to join us on stage in June (more to be announced soon). Skift Data + AI Summit will be an unparalleled opportunity to gain insights, exchange ideas, and forge connections with some of the brightest minds in the industry. Join us in NYC as we delve into the possibilities and implications of data and AI in shaping the future of travel and beyond.

Stay tuned for more updates on speakers and agenda highlights. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of this transformative event.

Skift Data +AI Summit Registration

Last-chance price of $745 (Solo) and $695 (Group) for a limited time only. Final week ticket prices are $895 (Solo) and $845 (Group).

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