Mohammad Shoeb has been appointed as the associate vice president of Pride Plaza Hotel Aerocity, New Delhi. A post graduate diploma holder in tourism & hotel management, Mohammed Shoeb brings with him over 30 years of hospitality experience, having held senior management positions in premium hotel brands across the country. He is a hotel opening specialist and has opened four hotels from 2005 till 2015 in the southern part of India. In the past, he has worked with Radisson Hotel, Accor Hotels, Intercontinental Hotels Group and ITC Welcome Group.
Subhabrata Roy has been appointed as the general manager of Double Tree Suites by Hilton Bangalore. A hospitality veteran with over 20 years of industry experience, this is his first stint with Hilton and in his new role he will spearhead business operations, overall implementation and business development of the hotel. Prior to joining the 172-key DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Bangalore, Roy served as the GM of Four Points by Sheraton Vashi in Mumbai. He has also been associated with the Keys Hotels, having worked with other hospitality brands like Accor and Taj Hotels Resorts & Palaces in different capacities, he is highly knowledgeable in pre-opening and hotel operations.
Mahema Bhutia has been appointed director of marketing at Four Seasons Hotel Bengaluru. She is responsible for overseeing the sales and marketing team during the pre-opening phase. With over two decades of experience in the hospitality and travel industries, Bhutia has anchored five hotel pre-openings so far.
Bhutia has previously worked with The Leela Palaces Hotel and Resorts, ITC Hotels; Dusit Devarana New Delhi, Trail Blazer Tours Pvt Ltd, Thomas Cook France , Hyatt Regency Pune, Renaissance Hotel Mumbai and Oberoi Hotels and Resorts.
Having worked in Paris for close to a decade, Bhutia has a unique vantage point of gauging the international market while her experience with well-known brands gives her an understanding of the finer aspects of the luxury segment. Bhutia will have the onus of positioning the second and much awaited hotel of the luxe Four Seasons brand in India.
Sharad K. Upadhyay is the new general manager of Holiday Inn Mumbai International Airport. He has more than 20 years of experience across a broad spectrum of hospitality functions and holds specialization in hotel operations with interest in food and beverage as well as in sales and marketing.
Upadhyay brings with him an extensive array of operational knowledge in pre-opening and managing the financial sustainability of hotels. He was awarded with the Outstanding Leadership Award in 2017 and Leadership Recognition Award in 2018 by IHG Group.
Previously, Upadhyay was the general manager of Crowne Plaza New Delhi Rohini. He completed his general management studies at Cornell University Ithaca, New York. He began working with IHG Group in the year 2010 and has worked with leading hospitality brands in China, Nepal, India and Thailand.
Ranjith Premraj is the newly appointed director of people & culture (otherwise known as director of human resources) of Four Seasons Hotel Bengaluru, scheduled to open in mid-2019. Ranjith has had a successful career with the Four Seasons brand for over 13 years across various locations. Four Seasons Hotel Bengaluru is his seventh property and the fourth pre-opening experience with the luxury brand. Ranjith first joined Four Seasons in 2006 as one of the core members of the pre-opening team at the Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai as human resources manager. It was the brand’s first foray into the Indian sub-continent. Further to that, he was in Four Seasons Hotel Singapore, a post which he worked with two properties in the Maldives and two properties in Dubai, UAE.
Renaissance Bengaluru Race Course Hotel has appointed Amit Kulkarni as director of marketing and sales. Kulkarni comes with an array of experience in forecasting and sales strategy meetings, mentoring department heads at the property and driving the sales force while creating a productive environment.
With over a decade of sales and marketing experience in the hospitality industry, Kulkarni has been associated with leading premium brands in India and United Kingdom. He has been extensively associated with Marriott International since 2015. Prior to his stint with the Marriott brand, he also worked with various brands like Novotel Mumbai, Ubiquity Hospitality, Explore India Tourism, VITS Mumbai and Novotel Hotel, Sheffield, England.
Kulkarni holds a BSc degree in Hospitality Management from Glion Hotel School, Switzerland, and an MSc in International Hospitality & Tourism Management from Sheffield Hallam University, England.
Sumeet Suri has been appointed general manager of the Kochi Marriott Hotel. Prior to his current assignment, Suri was the hotel manager of the ITC Grand Chola Chennai where he spearheaded the operations of 600 rooms with 10 restaurants and banqueting space of 100,000 square feet. Suri began his career in 1999 at the Welcomgroup Management Institute and upon graduation joined ITC Maratha, Mumbai. He also worked as the food and beverage manager at the ITC Kakatiya, Hyderabad and ITC Grand Central, Mumbai and in 2014 he was appointed general manager of the Welcomhotel Jodhpur.
JW Marriott Hotel Bengaluru has appointed Reuben Kataria as the new general manager of the hotel. A seasoned professional, Reuben brings with him vast knowledge and experience in the hotel industry.
An hotelier with over 23 years of experience and expertise in all departments of hospitality, he has been associated with Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, India and The Oberoi Group, where he held leadership roles. He began his journey with Hyatt Hotels in 1995 in the food & beverage department and later moved onto be a part of The Oberoi Hotel and Resorts where he spent his last 10 years.
Reuben was recognized by Hotelier India as the Best F&B Manager in 2010. He holds a Diploma in Hotel Management from IHM C&T Chandigarh and one year Senior Management Programme from IIM Kolkata.
Sherona Fernandes has been appointed as the director of human resources at Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel & Convention Center. With over a decade of experience in human resource management and corporate and employment laws, Sherona formulates innovative HR initiatives and ensures effective communication at all levels.
Sherona began her career at Al Bustan Palace Intercontinental Hotel, Oman. In the course of her career she has been associated with renowned names in the hospitality industry like Crowne Plaza Hotels and Ramada Hotels prior to moving to India into her current role at Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel and Convention Center.
The St Regis Mumbai has appointed Simran Mahal as director of sales. Simran brings with her a wealth of experience in sales in the luxury hospitality industry. Having commenced her career with the Marriott Group of Hotels, Simran garnered over 10 years of knowledge and skill with Oberoi Hotels. She rose in rank to associate director of sales. As a part of the core team of one of the largest revenue generating properties, Simran will lead the dynamic team. An alumnus from the prestigious Institute of Hotel Management, Aurangabad, Simran has led a large and robust team to drive room sales and banquets sales in her role in the recent past.
Radisson Hotel Group has announced the appointment of Zubin Saxena as its new managing director and vice president of operations, South Asia. Zubin is also a member of the group’s Asia Pacific executive committee and is involved in growing and directing the company’s business in South Asia. In his new role, Zubin will provide counsel to the South Asia team. During his three-and-a-half-year tenure, he has been instrumental in adding over 50 hotel projects and expanding the portfolio making Radisson Hotel Group one of the largest and fastest growing international hotel chains in South Asia. Previously, Zubin has held senior and leadership positions with prominent global companies such as InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels and HVS-New York.
Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas has appointed Sally Baughen as general manager of Six Senses Bhutan, a property comprising five individual lodges.
Based in Thimphu, the hospitality veteran has over 25 years experience. In her most recent role, Baughen led development and pre-opening operations for 700,000 Heures in Cambodia. Prior to that, she was a consultant with the Split Apple Retreat in Tasman, New Zealand.
The New Zealander first began her professional career in the F&B division of Bali’s Amankila, then moving to roles at Nihiwatu and Como Shambhala Begawan Giri, also in Bali. Returning to Aman Resorts, she relocated to Myanmar as general manager of The Strand in Yangon, a position that she held for five years before leading Amanbagh’s opening in India.
Over the course of her tenure with Aman, she has also served as general manager at Amankila and Amandari, and played a leadership role on the pre-opening team at Amanfayun in Hangzhou. She then moved to Cambodia to helm Amansara in Cambodia from 2011 to 2016.