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NEW APPOINTMENTS NOVEMBER 2019

Thursday, November 14, 2019, 15:27 Hrs  [IST]

Marriott International

Parag Sawhney, General Manager, The Westin Hyderabad Mindspace

Bringing with him over 17 years of illustrious industry experience, Sawhney is an outstanding hospitality professional. In his current role, Sawhney will be spearheading various initiatives that guarantee outstanding guest service and financial profitability. Being a passionate, a well-structured, dynamic and result-oriented hotelier, Sawhney will deliver his key priorities i.e. people, quality, process, guest satisfaction, and profitability. He has proficiently developed his expertise through his tenure with leading global brands across the UK, UAE, and India. He started his career with the ITC Grand Maratha Sheraton in Mumbai and then moved to Dubai to begin his stint with The Renaissance Dubai Hotel.

Sawhney holds a Master's in Business Management from the Oxford Brookes University, and a Bachelor of Technology in Hospitality Administration/Management from Dr. D Y Patil Institute of Hotel Management.
 

Prateek Kalra, Director of Operations, The Westin Gurgaon, New Delhi

Kalra brings with him over 14 years of hospitality experience and proficiency in handling multi-faceted roles. In his new role, he will be seen providing strategic leadership to all departments and overseeing smooth functioning of the bustling 313 room luxury hotel with seven vibrant food and beverage outlets, and sprawling event spaces. He will be using his expertise to nurture a business environment that consistently delivers positive results while improving guest satisfaction and profitability.
 

Tania Thomas, Marketing and Communications Manager, Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel and Convention Center

With 10 years of experience across Marketing Communications, Public Relations, Digital, and Social Media Marketing in the hospitality industry, Thomas excels in brand management, marketing and corporate communications. At Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel and Convention Center, Thomas will be responsible for developing annual marketing communications plans, ensuring Marriott brand standards are consistently followed in both offline and online communications, monitoring trends within the industry, as well as, maintaining a relationship with the media.
 

Debarati Bose, Director of Sales and Marketing, The JW Marriott Mumbai Juhu

In her new capacity, Debarati will play a pivotal role in driving and overseeing all aspects of sales and marketing strategies, optimizing the hotel's revenue and market share.

Bose comes with a rich experience of over 12 years in the sales and marketing industry. A stickler for perfection with strong attention to detail, she has motivated her team at all times to achieve targets and has been responsible for business growth in her previous roles.

Prior to this, she has worked with reputed brands such as The Oberoi Group of Hotels & Resorts and started her journey as Sales Executive with The Oberoi Hotel in Mumbai in 2007.

 

Anup Mathur, Director of Sales, Four Points by Sheraton Hotel & Serviced Apartments, Pune

Mathur is a result-oriented professional with over 10 years of experience in the areas of sales, business development, strategic planning, and team management. He brings with him a sound understanding and a wealth of expertise in the sales and marketing function. His passion for the hospitality industry has seen him rapidly rise through several positions, with responsibilities spread across a gamut of functions.

In his current role as the Director of sales, Mathur will be responsible for the re-positioning of strategic development and revenue growth of the hotel. He holds a Degree in Hotel and Hospitality Administration from Institute of Hotel Management Ahmedabad and has worked with brands like Sofitel, Novotel, Ibis and more. His last assignment was with Keys Hotels as Director of sales – Pune region.

 

Manuj Sahney , Food & Beverage Director, J W Marriott Kolkata

Using his vast experience and nifty managerial skills, Sahney will be responsible for the overall dining experience of guests. His key areas of work include supervising the kitchen management team and food planning with regard to daily operations. He is also responsible for ensuring quality standards in compliance with food and beverage policies, process improvements, new business development, quality and time management, brand building and staff resourcing. Interacting with guests for their feedback and using his effective interpersonal skills to mentor and appraise his team also fall under the purview of his work.

 

Anitha Simon, Director of Human Resources, Sheraton Grand Chennai Resort & Spa

Bringing with her, 13 years of experience in the service industry, Simon takes on a leadership position to create a positive environment, wherein the whole team is aligned with the goals of the hotel. As the Director of Human Resource at Sheraton Grand Chennai Resort & Spa, Simon will implement her excellent interpersonal communication skills, critical thinking, budget handling, counseling, and management skills to further boost the dynamic energy at the resort. She looks after applicable laws, regulations, brand policies at the hotel, and maintains effective communications at all levels of management.
 

AccorHotels

Amit Sangwan, Director - Food and Beverage, The Fairmont Jaipur

Sangwan comes with more than 16 years of experience and understanding of the luxury market nationally and globally. He will be responsible for overseeing the food quality and costs in achieving customer satisfaction, outlet profitability, menu planning, and business development to ensure the best hospitality experience for guests. Prior to joining Fairmont Jaipur, he was associated with renowned hotels like Pullman, Novotel, and Leela, to name a few.
 

Sarovar Hotels & Resorts

Ajoy Balkrishna, Regional Director- North, Sarovar Hotels

Balkrishna brings with him 30+ years of experience in the hospitality industry. In his new role, he will be responsible for overseeing the planning and implementation of all Sarovar hotel in North India. He has been part of Sarovar Hotels for the last 11 years and his last assignment was as the General Manager to Grand Sarovar Premiere and Residency Sarovar Portico, Mumbai. During his hospitality career, he has been associated with The Oberoi, The Regent Hotel, Hyatt, and InterContinental Hotels. He has been a part of the preopening team of five distinct properties in Mumbai and Goa.
 

Concept Hospitality

Grimek Khizakhe, Chief People Officer, Concept Hospitality Pvt Ltd

Khizakhe has been associated with Human Resource Development for the last 26 years and has worked with some of the most reputed and respectable hospitality brands. In his more than two-decades-long career, Khizakhe has acquired rich expertise in establishing & developing HR practices with a strong focus on overall organisational development, change management, business excellence and transformation in a matrix structure.
 

Gurpreet Singh Kandhari, Operations Manager, The Fern Spazio Leisure Resort, Anjuna, Goa.

Kandhari has been in the industry for the last ten years and has worked with brands like ITC Sheraton Park Hotel and Towers- Chennai, Taj Coromandel -Chennai, Hilton a Flagship Hotel - New Delhi. A hospitality graduate from IHM Srinagar, he was last associated with the Park Inn by Radisson, New Delhi.
 

STAAH

Rajesh Ghanshani, Director, Business Development for Indian Sub-Continent, STAAH

Ghanshani will lead STAAH as the Director of Indian Sub-Continent, promoting the company's strategy to provide quality hospitality technology solutions. Ghansani is a specialist in delivering cloud-based travel and hospitality technology solutions, and will oversee business development opportunities, along with operations, across India and its neighbouring countries. He will also work with the leadership team to develop and implement long range goals and strategy for STAAH India.

 
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