Power List 2018: P.R.S. Oberoi, Executive Chairman, EIH Limited
In addition to providing leadership for the management of luxury hotels in several countries, Mr. Oberoi has been instrumental in pioneering the development of the new Oberoi hotels and resorts.
In January 2004, Mr. P.R.S. Oberoi was conferred a special award by the Department of Tourism, Government of India, in recognition of his contribution to the tourism sector. The letter from the Department stated, “Due to your entrepreneurial skills and visionary leadership, The Oberoi Group has risen to a global brand, renowned for its high standards of service and excellence”. That, in a nutshell, sums up the massive contribution by this quintessential hospitality veteran — a man who transformed the hospitality scene across the subcontinent, redefining luxury and putting Indian hotels back on the map.
Mr. P.R.S. Oberoi is the Executive Chairman of EIH Limited, the flagship company of The Oberoi Group. He is also the Executive Chairman of Oberoi Hotels Private Limited, the major shareholder of EIH Limited. Popularly known as “Biki”, Mr. Oberoi is the son of late Rai Bahadur M.S. Oberoi, the founder of The Oberoi Group.
Mr. Oberoi firmly believes that people are the most valuable asset of any organisation. Recognising the importance of quality in hospitality management, Mr. Oberoi established ‘The Oberoi Centre of Learning and Development’ in New Delhi, in 1966. Today, this institution is considered amongst the best in Asia.
Often referred to as the founding father of modern luxury hospitality in India’ and credited for growing the company ‘into one of the world’s most prestigious luxury hotel groups’, ‘Biki’ Oberoi has ensured the ‘Oberoi’ brand represents fine luxury hotels. Oberoi keeps his brief on luxury to hotel managers simple: refined and elegant living. Small wonder then that he has managed to create a home-grown luxury hospitality brand, renowned globally for its service and quality.
Mr. Oberoi is aware of the need to constantly promote quality in every segment of the hospitality industry. Under his leadership, Oberoi Hotels and Resorts have received numerous international awards.
No stranger to awards himself, Mr. Oberoi was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, India’s second highest civilian honour in recognition of his exceptional service to the country. Among the other innumerable awards and accolades that have come his way in recognition of his contribution to the industry are the Lifetime Achievement Award at the CNBC TV 18 India Business Leader Awards 2007, Lifetime Achievement Award at the South Asia Travel & Tourism Exchange (SATTE) and the 4th Hotel Investment Conference – South Asia (HICSA) in April 2008, the Grand Officer of the Alalaoui Wissam, the second highest award in Morocco, personally awarded by His Majesty King Mohammed VI of Morocco, and the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards for redefining design standards in luxury hotels.
Mr. P.R.S. Oberoi was educated in India, the United Kingdom and in Switzerland.