SVP, Sales, Cvent
With over fifteen years of experience in the meetings industry, Anil Punyapu is responsible for guiding the strategic direction of Cvent’s Enterprise Solutions team. Anil launched Cvent’s Enterprise team and combines technology expertise with deep knowledge of the procurement and marketing marketplaces to continuously shape the development of the company’s products. He also leads the division’s strategic direction, including marketing initiatives, sales processes, and training programs. In addition, Anil built the company's Partnerships division, which creates channel and agency partnerships globally. As Senior Vice President of Partnerships, he oversees the management of Cvent’s relationships with industry-leading travel and meetings management companies and launched partnerships with companies such as HelmsBriscoe, ConferenceDirect, American Express Meetings & Events, and BCD Meetings & Incentives. Before Cvent, Anil co-founded Entertainment Ventures, a hedge fund of funds based in the Washington, D.C. area. Prior to that, he served as a Senior Associate at Friedman Billings Ramsey (FBR), a full-service investment firm, working in the wealth management division assisting in the raise of funds for venture and hedge funds. Anil holds a bachelor's degree from Louisiana State University in Biochemistry and a law degree—Juris Doctorate (J.D.)—from the University of Maryland School of Law, where he graduated with honors.