AccorHotels has appointed Shital Sethi as the new director of sales and marketing for Novotel Mumbai Juhu Beach. In her role, Sethi will be responsible for leading sales and marketing communications, promoting brand strategies of Novotel Mumbai Juhu Beach.
Prior to joining AccorHotels, Sethi was the director of sales and marketing at Hotel Holiday Inn, Mumbai. She has worked with some of the most renowned hotels including Radisson Hotels, Goa; The Orchid, Mumbai; Hotel Grand Sarovar Premiere, Mumbai and Rodas, an Ecotel Hotel, Mumbai.
Ayesha Bhalla has been appointed as market director of sales and marketing for JW Marriott Pune and all other properties in Pune under the Marriott portfolio. In her new role, she will lead strategic sales, marketing and business operations for the Pune cluster of Marriott properties while shouldering the responsibility of achieving revenue goals, guest and employee satisfaction and the financial performance of the department. Bhalla has over 19 years of experience in the field of hospitality. She began her career at the Holiday Inn Worldwide as a sales executive and moved on to at the Oberoi Hotels & Resorts, Mumbai. After that, she went on to work at The Imperial New Delhi and Oberoi Hotels and Resorts Bengaluru before joining the JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar in 2014, from where her journey with Marriott began.
AccorHotels India has promoted Samit Kazi to area director of sales for West India. In his new role, Samit will lead Global Sales from West India and manage key accounts from Mumbai, Pune and Gujarat region for AccorHotels’ India-based and international properties.
A seasoned hotelier with over 14 years of industry experience, Kazi joined AccorHotels in 2011 as the associate director of regional rales for Andhra Pradesh Hotels. He then moved to Novotel Hyderabad Convention Centre as the director of sales in 2013. Prior to joining AccorHotels, Kazi has worked with renowned hospitality brands such as Marriott, Leela & Starwood primarily in the sales function.
AccorHotels has announced the appointment of Pankaj Wadhwa as the new director of sales and marketing for Sofitel Mumbai BKC. In his role, Wadhwa will be responsible for leading and further improving all aspects of the sales and marketing communications and promoting brand strategies.
A seasoned hotelier, Wadhwa has been in the hospitality industry for over 18 years. An alumnus from IHM Ahmedabad, he started his career with Hotel Trident Udaipur and thereafter worked with Hyatt Regency Mumbai and Hyatt Regency Pune, Novotel Mumbai Juhu Beach, The Park Hotels, Intercontinental The Grand Mumbai and Grand Hyatt New Delhi.
The Hotel Palazzo Versace Dubai has appointed Russell Loughland as director of sales and marketing. He is directly responsible for overseeing the implementation of the sales and marketing strategy in line with driving growth regionally and internationally.
With more than 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Loughland has held executive positions at a number of luxury brands including Shangri-La, Fairmont, Banyan Tree and Rosewood as well as leading independent properties including the Yas Hotel in Abu Dhabi and the Regency Kuwait.
Prior to his current role in Palazzo Versace Dubai, Loughland held the position of director of sales and marketing at Al Faisaliah Hotel in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and executive assistant manager at Crowne Plaza Kuwait Al Thuraya City where he was responsible for the pre-opening project management of the five-star property.
AccorHotels has promoted Amisha Gutgutia as its director of communications and loyalty programme for the India region. In her new role, Gutgutia will spearhead the corporate communications function for AccorHotels PAN India and manage the Le Club AccorHotels loyalty programme.
A seasoned communications professional with over a decade’s industry experience, Gutgutia has deep expertise in leading end-to-end communication campaigns and managing guest loyalty in the hospitality space.
Hyatt Regency Chennai has appointed Sohaib Kidwai as director of sales and marketing. A result-oriented professional with more than 11 years’ experience in the areas of sales, business development, strategic planning and team management, Kidwai brings a wealth of expertise to the sales and marketing function.
At Hyatt Regency Chennai, Kidwai’s core responsibilities will include maximizing revenues through sales and marketing strategies, exploring business opportunities through events.
Kidwai has previously worked with various five star and luxury properties including the Goa Marriott, Renaissance Mumbai, Grand Hyatt Mumbai and Park Hyatt Chennai. Prior to joining Hyatt Regency Chennai, he was with Hyatt Pune as director of sales and marketing.
JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar has appointed Nikita Gonsalves as director of sales. Prior to joining the JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar, Gonsalves was the director of sales at the Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat & Spa.
With nine years of experience in the hospitality industry, she brings on board notable expertise in developing strategies for pricing, weddings, catering and events, as well as overall revenue management including handling online travel agencies. Developing talent is also one of her key focus areas in all the assignments she has handled.
Rimal D’Silva has been appointed director of human resources at JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar. Prior to joining JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar, D’Silva was the director of human resources at Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai after a career in training and HR in banking and hotels.
On completion of three years at Marriott, D’Silva joined Standard Chartered Bank in Mumbai as assistant manager – organizational learning, where she took care of a pan-India induction and orientation programme for all new recruits. She was also in charge of all learning and development initiatives for the retail banking division of the bank.
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has appointed Rajit Sukumaran as chief development officer in the Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA) region.
In his new role, Sukumaran will head the development team and lead the IHG’s growth strategy as a partner for successful hotel owners and investors globally, currently operating across nearly 40 countries and territories in AMEA.Sukumaran brings more than 12 years’ experience in development, acquisitions and feasibility from his previous role as senior vice president, acquisitions and development Asia Pacific at Starwood Hotels & Resorts.
Prior to joining Starwood, Sukumaran worked in the corporate finance division of PricewaterhouseCoopers Singapore where he was involved with cross-border corporate transactions including mergers and acquisitions.
Chef Avijit Deb Sharma has been appointed as the executive chef of Courtyard by Marriott Mumbai International Airport. With an illustrious career of over 14 years in the hospitality industry, Chef Avijit brings with him an extensive experience in handling operations, staffing and training, developing and implementing concepts and new trends with experience from France, Spain, Italy and the Middle East.
Trained from the Institute of Hotel Management Bangalore, Chef Avijit began his culinary journey at the Oberoi Amarvilas Agra. He then went on to work with well-established Indian brands like the Leela and Taj group for over five years. Before joining Courtyard by Marriott Mumbai International Airport, Chef Avijit was the Executive Sous Chef at The Ritz-Carlton, Bangalore. He was also the Executive Chef of Park Hyatt Resort & Spa Goa prior to this.
AccorHotels has announced the appointment of Madhu Joshi as the director of marketing for AccorHotels India. In her new role, Joshi will be responsible for providing marketing leadership for AccorHotels’ growing portfolio of brands operating across a fast expanding network in the country.
Joshi is replacing Siddhartha Umashanker who leaves the group after five years of distinguished contribution. A seasoned marketing and communications professional, Joshi brings over 16 years of experience across hospitality, FMCG
and retail industry with proven expertise in corporate communications, brand management and digital marketing. Joshi joined the AccorHotels group in 2009 at Novotel Hyderabad Convention Centre and Hyderabad International Convention Centre as its marketing and communications manager. After a brief stint away from the group, Joshi returned in 2013.
Joshi has been felicitated with numerous awards, including the coveted ‘Asian Customer Engagement Award 2015’ for ‘Best Engaging Brand Promotion’, ‘Most emerging brand in India’ and the ‘National Award for Excellence in Digital Marketing & Social Media – Best use of Social Media Marketing and Best Website’ for Hotel Formule1.