With over a decade of experience in the meetings industry, Anil Punyapu is responsible for guiding the strategic direction of Cvent’s enterprise meetings solutions. Anil launched Cvent’s strategic meetings management (SMM) division and combines technology expertise with deep knowledge of the meetings industry to continuously shape the development of the company’s SMM product. He also leads the division’s strategic marketing initiatives, sales processes and training programs.
In addition, Anil built the company's partnerships division, which he currently runs. As vice president of partnerships, he oversees the management of Cvent’s relationships with industry-leading travel and meetings management companies. Anil also built Cvent's chapter sales division—which is focused on chapter-based associations, such as Meeting Professionals Internationals.
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-services investment firm.