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Our Leadership

With many years of experience, we have got an experienced and diverse leadership team



Together, our UK leadership team makes up years of experience in the industry. With a vast amount of creativity and depth of industry knowledge, take your meetings or events to the next level. You are in the safest hands.


Derek Sharp Senior Vice President & Global Managing Director

Derek Sharp joined CWT Meetings & Events in 2018 as Senior Vice President and Global Managing Director. His extensive knowledge in travel and transportation, including strategy, consulting, sales, account management, and senior leadership across the US, Europe, and Asia, bring a wave of excellence to his role. Derek oversees all the meetings and events teams globally, totaling 1,400 specialists. He has carried out his strong vision to bring an innovative approach to the industry and remain ahead of the trends. He has an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and a BA in Political Science from Texas A&M University.

Saskia Gentil Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing

Saskia Gentil joined CWT Meetings & Events bringing over 20 years’ involvement in meetings and events and the global travel industry. Based in Paris, she manages the global sales network and collaborates directly with the global marketing team, universally aligning all sales and marketing efforts. Her 360-degree view and attention to detail drive key business, as well as essential growth and overall productivity. Saskia’s education extends to a Bachelor’s degree in International Hospitality Management from Lausanne Hotel School and Master of Management in International Tourism & Hospitality from Oxford University. She also graduated from INSEAD with an Executive MBA.

Kari Wendel Vice President of Strategic Customers

Kari Wendel has more than 25 years within strategic meetings management (SMM), and the overall meetings industry. She brings an exceptional amount of knowledge to her role as Global Vice President of Strategic Customers. Based in Bradenton, Florida, Kari supports a group of tactical and operational leaders who identify and execute innovative approaches for ongoing improvement of clients’ programs. Furthermore, Kari plays a vital role within the consulting practice, with an emphasis on implementation and SMM. As shown by her nomination in 2009 as the chief “change-maker,” developing the industry’s first professional certification within strategic meetings and co-chairing the development of the “Maturity Model.”

Ian Cummings Vice President of Commercial

Ian Cummings joined CWT Meetings & Events in 2012, bringing a wealth of experience into driving strategy, transformation, and growth within service industries. Ian’s passion for client service delivery coupled with profitable growth, enabling him to hold a variety of successful positions. Based in London, Ian is the Global Vice President of Commercial covering the meetings and events development worldwide. Ian has been a key player in driving business transformation and positive outcomes with his team, which has resulted in recognition of the C&IT “Global Agency of the Year” award for two consecutive years in 2018 and 2019.

Cristina Scott Vice President of Global Operations

Cristina Scott has many years of experience in the travel industry, including both the buyer and supplier side, with a focus on operations, contracting, sales, and technology. Cristina’s specialty resides in driving transformational change within operations and implementing efficient global processes. She holds the position of Vice President of Global Operations with a drive to make progressive global improvements. Her creative thinking has allowed her to accumulate prestigious accomplishments over time, including creating the signature Corporate Responsibility Program to fight human trafficking at her previous employer and founding and leading a Montessori school in Texas, United States.

Nathan Brooks Global Lead of Supplier Management

Nathan Brooks has over 20 years’ experience in the industry, previously managing teams within travel consulting and media, airline, and hotel relations, most recently with a significant online travel company. Based in Scottsdale, Arizona, he leads CWT M&E’s supplier management teams globally and is responsible for strategies and optimizing supplier revenues across the organization. Nathan holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Arizona State University and an MBA from Indiana University.

Stuart Whatley Head of Product and Technology Strategy

Stuart Whatley has spent the last few decades working within the technology industry, with a focus on product, implementing large-scale technology projects for various travel and finance companies. Stuart has been at CWT since 2017, before moving to CWT Meetings & Events in 2019 to focus on the product and technology strategy, bringing across his valuable insights. Stuart gets pleasure from thinking up the unimaginable, creating a plan, and successfully executing using his extensive knowledge and industry background. One of his achievements is inventing a piece of technology, which allows relevant news to be uncovered about any particular individual using various data sources.

Rafa Sueiro Global Chief Finance Officer

Rafa Sueiro has an immense understanding of financial management and strategic consultancy from various industries across EMEA. A few years ago, he joined CWT as Country Managing Director. He then moved to CWT Meetings & Events as Global Chief Finance Officer in 2019, based between London and Madrid. He holds an Advanced Management Program and Executive MBA from ESADE Business School and a BSc in Business Administration from the University of Wales.

Manuel Asensio Global HR Business Partner

Manuel Asensio worked as HR Director for an array of companies within different organizations before moving to CWT Spain to lead the HR team in 2015. Manuel joined CWT Meetings & Events in 2019 as Global HR Business Partner. He holds a law degree from the Complutense University of Madrid and an HR master’s degree from IE Business School.

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