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IHG’s Indian Summer

InterContinental Hotel Group has its eyes firmly set on expansion across the Indian market. Kenneth Macpherson, CEO, EMEAA and Vivek Bhalla, Regional Vice President, SWA tell Gurmeet Sachdev that they are bullish about the immense potential it offers, particularly in the midscale segment How big is the Indian market for InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG), especially when compared to the rest of the world? H ...

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Leading the Pack

IHCL's 'Aspiration 2022' strategy is likely to see it emerge as a clear market leader. Puneet Chhatwal, MD & CEO, IHCL talks about how a combination of European-style management, American skills in marketing, and emotional intelligence of Indians has proved to be a winning formula. By Gurmeet Sachdev Earlier this year, Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) posted a rather large profit. This is a remarkab ...

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Power List 2018, Zaid Sadiq, Executive Director – Liasoning & Hospitality, Prestige Group

Emerging trends may have intensified pressures facing business leaders, but Zaid Sadiq remains unaffected and undeterred. He reveals, “On the hospitality front, the Prestige Group has been credited with introducing some of the most reputed international brands in the world to South India — The Hilton Group and Marriott International for hotels; the Banyan Tree for resorts; and Oakwood for service apartments ...

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Power List 2018, Vikram Oberoi, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, EIH Limited

Surrounded by the luxury world of hotels when he was growing up, he naturally developed a passion for hospitality early in life and made it his career. Vikram Oberoi, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of EIH Limited, the flagship company of The Oberoi Group, is the son of Mr. P.R.S. Oberoi, Executive Chairman of The Oberoi Group and grandson of late Rai Bahadur M.S. Oberoi, the founder of The Ob ...

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Power List 20188, Vijay Thacker, Director, Horwath HTL India

A Chartered Accountant with over 38 years of experience in public accounting, Vijay Thacker has worked as a consultant in the hotel and tourism industry for over three decades now and is a known expert. He admits candidly, “I have no background in hospitality — never studied it, never worked in a hotel. Yet, to be accepted and recognised as an advisor by several leading players is extremely satisfying.” A v ...

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Power List 2018, Satyen Jain, Director, The Pride Group of Hotels

As Director, The Pride Group of Hotels, he is passionate about building and empowering teams to drive product innovation. Overseeing the implementation of the ongoing projects and a keenness to apply International standards in F&B, Hi-tech Connectivity, room facilities, soft furnishings and hardware at The Pride Hotel sites, Satyen Jain has enabled the brand to grow from strength to strength. On an aggr ...

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Power List 2018, Sunjae Sharma, Vice President, India Operations, Hyatt Hotels and Resorts

Currently, Hyatt’s India portfolio includes 29 hotels across 18 key destinations, with a total of over 7,000 rooms. Sunjae Sharma, Vice President, India Operations, Hyatt Hotels and Resorts, is responsible for executing the company's operational and growth strategy and has contributed immensely in this forward march. Elaborates Sharma, “We launched Grand Hyatt Kochi Bolgatty and Hyatt Centric MG Road Bangal ...

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Power List 2018, Sanjay Sethi, MD and CEO, Chalet Hotels

Armed with a Diploma in Hotel Management, Catering and Nutrition from IHM Pusa and several decades of experience in the hospitality industry, Sanjay Sethi, Managing Director and CEO, Chalet Hotels, is a respected professional. Prior to joining Chalet Hotels, he has held senior leadership positions in renowned hospitality groups. He has had the opportunity of working in geographies across India and has been ...

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Power List 2018, Souvagya Mohapatra, Executive Director, MAYFAIR Hotels and Resorts

From one small hotel on the outskirts of Rourkela to its present collection of 10 world-class hotels located in eight destinations, spanning four states, the journey for MAYFAIR Hotels & Resorts, under the able leadership of hospitality veteran Souvagya Mohapatra, Executive Director, has been an admirable one. Analysing the success of the brand, Mohapatra elaborates, “Our idea to create luxurious world- ...

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Power List 2018, Rattan Keswani, Director, Carnation Hotels and Deputy MD, Lemon Tree Hotels

Napoleon once said: “Every corporal has a field marshal’s baton in his rucksack.” Nothing describes this ace hands-on hotelier and strategic thinker more aptly than these words. A highly respected figure in the Indian hotel industry, an alumnus of the Oberoi Centre for Learning and Development, Rattan Keswani has over 31 years of experience in managing high performance teams across multiple functions and ge ...

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