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Conrad Pune
Conrad Pune has recently appointed Chef Joginder Singh as its executive pastry chef. At Conrad Pune, he will be responsible for all day-to-day operations of pastry and bakery sections of the kitchen. Armed with an experience of more than a decade, Chef Singh is a seasoned professional who has been associated with established brands in the hospitality industry. In his last assignment, he was the assistant pastry chef at JW Marriott, Pune. Chef Singh completed his diploma in Hotel Management & Catering technology in Bakery & Confectionary from CIHM (Chandigarh Institute of Hotel Management).

The Leela Palace New Delhi
The Leela Palace New Delhi has appointed Chef Shimomura Kazuya as the new head chef at the hotel’s modern Japanese restaurant, Megu. Backed with 26 years of rich culinary experience, Chef Kazuya is set to bring intense excitement, exquisite technique and perfectly balanced flavours to the discerning diners at Megu. Chef Kazuya has garnered acclaim for his seamless integration of modern and traditional Japanese cuisine and has worked with globally recognised kitchens of Hinokizaka at Ritz Carlton Tokyo and in the Michelin-starred restaurant Mizumi at Wynn Macau. In his initial years, Chef Kazuya mastered the art of Tempura and acquired the skill of curating Kaiseki –a sought-after traditional multi-course Japanese-style dinner. He loves to experiment with sensory perceptions of sound, sight and smell while whipping some exotic delectable platters.

The St Regis Mumbai
The St. Regis Mumbai recently appointed Elie Houbeich as executive assistant manager of F&B. Houbeich brings with him over 15 years of operation and leadership with international experience in the hospitality industry within the core area of F&B. He started his career in his native place Lebanon and then moved to China, Jordan, Egypt and Dubai where he managed F&B teams of over 200 associates. With experience in various leadership positions, Houbeich has previously worked with Marriott Beijing Southwest and MEA as director of operations. He was also the director of F&B with different hotel brands including The Westin Beijing Financial Street. During his tenure, his venues have won recognition and prestigious awards like Time Out, Beijigner and City Weekend. In his current role at The St. Regis, Houbeich will bring in-depth knowledge and operational skills and will lead the hotel’s dynamic F&B team to navigate the varied and vibrant venues. Armed with wealth of knowledge, Houbeich also holds dual degrees of hospitality and management from educational institutions like Hotel Institute Lebanon, as well as an MBA from Glion Institute Switzerland specialised in marketing and innovation.

Hilton Bangalore Embassy GolfLinks
Hilton Bangalore Embassy GolfLinks has announced the appointment of Sonam Sharma as the new director of finance. In her role, Sharma will be supervising the revenue management and distribution strategy of the hotel along with managing the day-to-day yield operations. A seasoned hotelier, Sharma brings over 12 years of domain experience in accounting & financial management through SAP, OPERA, Control Gap Analysis and supply chain management. Prior to joining Hilton Embassy GolfLinks, she was working with Oberoi Group as financial controller for The Trident, Jaipur, India. Her deep understanding of the hospitality industry is critical to her role as the director of finance at the business hotel.
After pursuing her MBA degree from Alliance Business Academy, Bangalore, Sharma started her career with The Oberoi Group – Kolkata and Bengaluru in June, 2007 and 2009 respectively.

ITC Hotels
Anil Chadha, currently VP – South & GM – ITC Grand Chola, Chennai will be moving to Delhi as VP – operations, hotels division, ITC Hotels from April 1, 2019. Kuldeep Bhartee, currently area manager – West & GM – ITC Maratha will be taking over as area manager – South & GM – ITC Grand Chola. In his previous role Chadha was responsible for the growth & expansion in the Southern region in both the WelcomHotel & Luxury Collection brands including WelcomHotel Coimbatore & WelcomHotel Kences Palm Beach, Mahabalipuram opened under his aegis, as did the Luxury Collection hotel ITC Kohenur Hyderabad. An alumni of the  WelcomGroup Graduate School of Hotel Administration (WGSHA), Chadha helmed the hotels in New Delhi, Agra, Kolkata, Bengaluru prior to Chennai, in a career spanning over two decades.

Four Seasons Hotel Bengaluru
Four Seasons Hotel Bengaluru has appointed Minu Budhathoki as the spa manager. Budhathoki who has a wealth of experience spanning different facets of hospitality will be responsible for the bespoke spa experiences at Infuse Spa in addition to ensuring staff are trained to the highest degree of excellence. Budhathoki recently spearheaded a team at the Four Seasons Mauritius, wherein she gained valuable insight, when sent as task force. She hopes to apply her learnings to maximise revenue at the spa, manage her team as well as ideate and execute therapies which ensure that the needs of the guests are met and surpassed. Budhathoki has previously worked with the Taj Group as well as handled retail operations at the spa at Burj Al Arab.
Ashish Nehra has been appointed as director of F&B at Four Seasons Hotel Bengaluru. In his current role, Nehra is responsible for overseeing F&B at this new destination in the Garden City. The hotel’s overarching dining experience is a celebration of international cuisine presented in an interactive style and he will be responsible for ensuring that guests depart with a stellar dining experience each and every time. Nehra has worked with The Leela Palaces Hotel and Resorts, Gurgaon; JW Marriott Kolkata and Delhi; The Oberoi Udaivilas in Udaipur; Wildflower Hall, Shimla; The Oberoi New Delhi, The Oberoi Rajvilas in Jaipur and The Oberoi Amarvilas in Agra in the past. He started his career as a trained pastry chef in Switzerland during his formative years.

Courtyard by Marriott Siliguri
Rohit Bajpai has been appointed as the hotel manager of Courtyard by Marriott Siliguri, the first Marriott Property of the north east. Prior to the assignment, Bajpai has been a GM with both international & domestic brands like Hilton, Radisson, and Royal Orchid. Over the years Bajpai has gained F&B expertise through a variety of luxury brands like ITC Hotels and Shangri-la, while operating renowned outlets like Dum Pukht, Bukhara, and Peshawri. His intrinsic trait to pay attention to detail and make critical judgments has undoubtedly led to the services and facilities for the properties being top-notch in all aspects. In his current role, Bajpai will be overseeing all aspects of operational and strategic management of the 17th ‘Courtyard by Marriott’ branded property to open in South Asia.

Holiday Inn Mumbai International Airport
Holiday Inn Mumbai International Airport has appointed Sharad K Upadhyay as its new general manager. Upadhyay comes with over 20 years of experience across a broad spectrum of hospitality functions and holds specialisation in hotel operations with an avid interest in F&B as well as in sales and marketing. In his new role, Upadhyay will spearhead the business operations, overall implementation and business development at Holiday Inn Mumbai, ensuring its growth and expansion through innovative strategies. Previously, he was the GM of Crowne Plaza New Delhi Rohini. He completed his General Management Program from Cornell University Ithaca, New York. He began working with IHG in 2010 and has worked with leading hospitality brands in China, Nepal, India, and Thailand over his tenure with the parent brand.

The Westin Pune Koregaon Park
Chef Amit Kumar Dash has been appointed as the executive chef at The Westin Pune Koregaon Park. With over13 years of experience in the hospitality industry, he brings with him passion, energy and expertise in the F&B department. His last served as executive chef at Sheraton Hyderabad Hotel. Chef Dash holds a diploma in Hotel & Catering Management from IIHM, Kolkata along with BBA in tourism and hospitality industry from Visva Bharati Santiniketan. At The Westin Pune Koregaon Park, Chef Dash would be responsible for planning of order and execution for all daily operations, supervise junior associates in the maintenance and cleanliness ensuring minimum wastage and controlling food costs. He would also be responsible for overlooking F&B activities of the restaurants; handling banqueting operations for weddings/conferences, and in-room dining.
The Westin Pune Koregaon Park has appointed Abhay Singh as director of operations. An industry expert, Singh holds an experience of more than 10 years in the hospitality industry, converting strategic vision into measurable results at various hotels. As the director of operations, Singh will be responsible for heading and managing the hotel operations and maintaining high standards of guest satisfaction. Prior to joining The Westin Pune Koregaon park, he served as the director of F&B at Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa and Langkawi International Convention Center. Singh has completed his hotel management degree at Institute of Hotel Management Aurangabad. He started his career as a F&B executive with Renaissance Mumbai.
Raghav Sawant has been appointed as the spa manager at The Westin Pune Koregaon Park. With over 10 years of experience in the hospitality industry, he brings with him immense passion, energy, and expertise. His last assignment was with the Grand Hyatt Goa where he was in charge of the biggest spa in India. In his current role, Sawant will lead and supervise the development of the spa along with wellness and recreation of operations.

Four Seasons Hotel Bengaluru
Mahema Bhutia has been appointed as director of marketing at Four Seasons Hotel Bengaluru. In her current role, she is responsible for overseeing the dynamic sales & marketing team during the exciting pre-opening phase. With over two decades of experience, Bhutia has aced five hotel pre-openings until now. She will be responsible to position the second Four Seasons branded hotel in India by securing top corporate business while also showcasing it as a great option for leisure.

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