New roles for the industry’s movers and shakers
Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai
Ritesh Choudhary has been appointed as the director, food and beverage at Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai. In his new role, Choudhary will be managing all aspects of food and beverage onboard ensuring that the food philosophy of the Taj is reflected through these restaurants, under his management and supervision. Choudhary embarked on his journey with the Taj Group as a management trainee at The Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi in August 2004. Choudhary has also worked for renowned brands like The Leela Palaces Hotels and Resorts and JW Marriott.
Crowne Plaza, Bengaluru Electronics City
Balasubramanian R has been appointed as revenue manager at Crowne Plaza, Bengaluru Electronics City. In his current position, he is responsible for both strategic and tactical initiatives related to revenue maximisation, developing and monitoring pricing strategies, distribution of channel data integrity and forecasting revenue performance. Prior to this, he has handled revenue responsibilities across renowned hotel brands such as The Chancery Group of Hotels, Hyatt and ITC.
AccorHotels has appointed Arif Patel as vice president – sales, marketing and distribution for the India region. Patel was most recently the regional director of sales and marketing – South Asia at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. Patel has over two decades of experience with leading brands that include ITC Hotels and Oberoi Hotels, acroos sales, revenue, digital and social media marketing, loyalty and distribution management, branding and strategic partnerships.
St Regis Mumbai
Vinay Singh has been appointed as director of sales and marketing at St Regis Mumbai. Singh has industrial experience of more than 13 years, and holds a master’s degree in management studies, business administration and general management.
Courtyard by Marriott, Gurgaon
Courtyard by Marriott, Gurgaon has appointed Namit Vijh as the director of rooms. In this role, Vijh will be responsible for the overall functioning of the rooms division and will spearhead various functions like front office, housekeeping, reservations and guest service. Previously, he was the director of rooms at Courtyard by Marriott, Mumbai. Vijh began his career with Taj Hotel Chandigarh and has worked with hotels such as The Oberoi New Delhi, The Imperial New Delhi, Hyatt Regency New Delhi, The Leela Palace, New Delhi at Chanakyapuri, and JW Marriott Mumbai Juhu.
Sarovar Hotels & Resorts
Daisy Basumatari has joined Sarovar Hotels & Resorts as manager, public relations. In her role, Basumatari will be responsible for handling all the PR and communication activities of the brand and its properties. Basumatari has an experience of over seven years with PR agencies, where she worked on brands such as The Leela Palaces Hotels and Resorts, Lebua Hotels & Resorts, The Ritz Carlton Bangalore and tourism boards including Chhattisgarh Tourism Board and UP Tourism.
OYO Rooms has appointed Dinesh R as chief human resources officer. Prior to this, he was leading compensation and benefits in the Asia Pacific region for The Coca Cola Company. Dinesh is a seasoned HR professional with past tenures at Bharti Airtel, Hewitt Associates and ITC.
Pullman Novotel & New Delhi Aerocity
Chef Ajay Anand has been appointed as the director of culinary at Pullman Novotel & New Delhi Aerocity. In his new role, Anand will be responsible for F&B operations across the restaurants – Pluck, Pling, Café Pluck, Honk, Food Exchange and Quoin – at Pullman and Novotel. Anand has 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry. He has been associated with Luxury Class Carnival Ships as an opening team member and was responsible for setting up Carnival’s fine dining Steak House. He has also worked with the Taj Group of Hotels.
JW Marriott New Delhi Aerocity
JW Marriott New Delhi Aerocity has appointed Chef Ishika Konar as executive sous chef, F&B culinary department. Prior to this, she worked with The LaLiT, New Delhi as executive sous chef. Chef Ishika Konar started her career in 2002 as kitchen management trainee for Crowne Plaza Surya, New Delhi and was promoted to chef de partie, a year later. In October 2004, she moved to The Grand, New Delhi and in February 2006, she started working with Kabul Serena Hotel in Afghanistan as chef de partie.
Following this stint, she worked as sous chef at various hotels such as InterContinental; The Lalit, Mumbai; Park Plaza, Dwarka New Delhi, and the Westin, Gurgaon between June 2007 to August 2011. She has also worked with Pullman, Gurgaon as chef de cuisine for more than two years. Chef Konar was also awarded Lady Chef of the Year in 2012 by ICF & IFCA.