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New roles for the industry’s movers and shakers

W Goa

20161115eh52TJ Joulak has been recently appointed as the general manager for W Goa, located on Vagator beach in Goa. In his new role, Joulak will be in charge of overseeing W Goa’s strategy and daily operations. Joulak has worked with the W Hotels across the world since 2002 and will be now leading the team in Goa. He began his journey with Starwood in 2002 after opening the Iberostar, in Hammamet in Tunisia. Since then, he has worked with a few Starwood hotels, by opening four hotels over the past 15 years, namely Sheraton Hotel & Towers Tunis, W Doha in Qatar, W Istanbul in Turkey, and W Bali in Indonesia, then recently running the W Taipei since 2014.

The Imperial

20161115eh53Chef Vivek Chauhan has been appointed as the new pastry chef at The Imperial in New Delhi. Under this role, Chef Chauhan plans to bring in all new range of patisserie offerings at La Baguette, and create new directions for The Imperial’s pastry operations. Chef Vivek started his career in 1999 at Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi and then joined Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. In 2003, he moved to England and joined the three rosette restaurants in Judges County House Hotel in Yorkshire, later joining Chef Mark Gregory in One Aldwych.

The Leela Palace, New Delhi

The Leela Palace has recently announced the appointment of Rajat Kalia as the new F&B manager. In his new role, Kalia will oversee the F&B operations of the restaurants, bar, banquets and butler operations for The Leela Palace, New Delhi’s 254 rooms and suites. He started his career with The Leela Palace Bengaluru in 2006 as assistant restaurant manager of Citrus, an all day dining restaurant where he was involved in the day-to-day operations of the restaurant along with monthly training of the service team.

Jaipur Marriott Hotel

20161115eh54Jaipur Marriott Hotel has announced the appointment of Abhishek Roy as the new F&B manager. Roy has an experience of over 12 years in the hospitality industry. Under this role, Roy will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the F&B unit, achieving revenue targets and driving strategic F&B promotions in the hotel. Across his career, Roy has been associated with hotels like Taj Rambagh Palace, Leela Kempinski, Gurgaon and  Pullman Novotel, New Delhi Aerocity.

JW Marriott, Bengaluru

20161115eh55JW Marriott, Bengaluru has announced the appointment of Chef Akshay Pandit as the new chef de cuisine. Chef Pandit has an experience of more than nine years across cuisines such as French, Italian, Spanish, Mediterranean and German. Chef Akshay was previously associated with the Kochi Marriott where he was the chef de cuisine. Brands such as Starwood Hotel & Resorts and The Leela Palace Hotels and Resorts also add to his career stints.

U Tropicana Alibaug

20161115eh56U Tropicana Alibaug has appointed Chef Bishnu BC as the new executive chef. Chef Bishnu brings to the table 15 years of experience in pre-opening, recipes and quality management, training and development, operation and processes. Prior to joining U Tropicana Alibaug, Chef Bishnu has worked with various hospitality brands across the country like The Acacia Hotel & Spa Goa, The Zuri Kumarakom Kerala Resort & Spa, The Retreat By Zuri, Radisson White Sands Resort and The Kenilworth Beach Resort.

Novotel Mumbai Juhu Beach

Novotel Mumbai Juhu Beach has appointed Manish Dayya as the hotel’s general manager. In his new leadership role, Dayya will spearhead the operations at the property. A seasoned hotelier, he brings close to two decades of domain expertise in the hospitality industry, having worked with some of the leading domestic and international brands in numerous key positions across disciplines. His journey with AccorHotels started in 2013 when he joined the group as the general manager of Novotel Goa Resort & Spa and Novotel Goa.


20161115eh57Belmond has announced the appointment of Arnaud Champenois as senior vice president, marketing and brand, effective immediately. Champenois has over 20 years of experience in leading brands, marketing and communication in the luxury goods and services sector. He joins Belmond from Starwood Hotels & Resorts where he has held the position of vice president, brand director for Asia Pacific since 2011.


Greg Doman, Francois Baudin and Laure Morvan have been respectively appointed as senior vice president, development, North and Central America, Luxury Hotels Americas & Residential; SVP, development, Luxury Hotels Europe Middle East and Africa; and vice president, development, Luxury Hotels, Asia Pacific. In their new roles, they will report to Gaurav Bhushan, AccorHotels’ global chief development officer. These appointments aim to align the development team to the new global organisation, following the acquisition of FRHI and the creation of the luxury division headed by Chris Cahill.

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