HotelKey Fortifies Global Team with Harish Chandra as MD of Technology

HotelKey Fortifies Global Team with Harish Chandra as MD of Technology

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Published on August 27, 2023

HotelKey, a renowned name in hospitality management software, is proud to announce the addition of Harish Chandra to its esteemed international team. With an impressive career spanning nearly three decades in the Information Communication Technology (ICT) sector and Digital, Harish Chandra is set to lead the organization's technological innovation and strategic growth as the new Managing Director, Technology.

Chandra's rich experience encompasses hospitality and travel technology, making him an ideal fit to steer HotelKey's vision for the future of the industry. His expertise underscores the company's commitment to progress.

Chandra's influence on travel and hospitality technology demonstrates not just leadership but also innovation and collaboration. His dedication is evident as he steps into his new role, driven by the limitless possibilities ahead. Chandra recognizes that HotelKey's technology is shaping guest experiences while also revolutionizing the hospitality and travel landscape. His mission is to drive innovation, expansion, and build upon HotelKey's stellar reputation.

Chandra's global leadership in the travel and hospitality domain is highlighted by his roles as a former Executive Board member of Hospitality Technology Next Generation (HTNG)-American Hotel & Lodging Association and Founder of Global Hospitality Technology Professionals Group (GHTP). This active community serves as a knowledge-sharing hub for technology professionals in the industry.

His skill set in designing technology-driven business solutions and digitalization strategies is evident through his accomplishments, including spearheading digital services in more than 70 properties. Notable establishments like The Park Chennai, Park Hyatt Goa Resort and Spa, and IHG - Crowne Plaza Gurgaon have benefited from his expertise.

Chandra's international experience is marked by his contributions in the Middle East, where he implemented PMS/POS solutions across countries like UAE, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, and Yemen. As CTO at Sarovar Hotels, he led ICT planning for 95+ hotels, managing IT functions and costs across South Asia and Africa.

HotelKey's expansion continues, and Chandra's addition reinforces its growth. As the company serves around 25 hospitality clients in India, its influence in the APAC region becomes more significant.

Aditya Thyagarajan, Co-Founder and President of HotelKey, expresses excitement about Chandra's inclusion: "As we continue our growth in the global market, we are excited to add Harish Chandra to the HotelKey family. His exceptional experience in the hospitality and technology industries represent the dynamic future of what is to come for our evolving team."

As we continue our growth in the global market, we are excited to add Harish Chandra to the HotelKey family, His exceptional experience in the hospitality and technology industries represent the dynamic future of what is to come for our evolving team.


Luisa Lalli Takes the Lead at Ozen Mansion Kolkata

Luisa Lalli Takes the Lead at Ozen Mansion Kolkata

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on April 14, 2024

The Ozen Collection proudly announces the appointment of Luisa Lalli as Vice President of Operations and General Manager of Ozen Mansion Kolkata, its highly anticipated luxury city hotel in India.

Luisa Lalli joins The Ozen Collection with a wealth of experience, having previously excelled as General Manager at the brand's resorts in the Maldives. This appointment reaffirms The Ozen Collection's commitment to empowering women in senior positions, a culture it has long championed across its properties, including Ozen Life Maadhoo and Ozen Reserve Bolifushi.

With over two decades of experience in the hospitality industry, Luisa brings a proven track record of delivering exceptional guest experiences and operational excellence. Her leadership at Ozen Mansion Kolkata promises to set new benchmarks in luxury hospitality, further enhancing the brand's reputation for refined elegance and unparalleled service.

Luisa expresses her excitement about leading the team at Ozen Mansion Kolkata, emphasizing the city's vibrant energy and rich cultural heritage as the perfect backdrop for the hotel's personalized indulgent experiences. With plans to recruit approximately 700 employees, diversity and inclusivity are at the forefront of her hiring strategy, ensuring an inclusive environment for all team members.

Nestled within 6 acres of lush gardens in Kolkata's prime New Town area, Ozen Mansion Kolkata promises guests an unforgettable stay. With 235 lavish rooms and suites, impressive lounges, and expansive event spaces, the hotel is poised to become the city's premier venue for celebrations and luxury experiences.

As Luisa Lalli takes the helm at Ozen Mansion Kolkata, she embarks on a journey to redefine luxury hospitality in India's bustling metropolis. With her vision, experience, and dedication to inclusivity, she is set to lead the team towards a grand opening on July 7, 2024, marking a new chapter of refined elegance and excellence in Kolkata's hospitality landscape.


Sharoni Sharma is the New Director of Operations at The Westin Goa

Sharoni Sharma is the New Director of Operations at The Westin Goa

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on April 13, 2024

With a career spanning over 15 years in the hospitality industry, Sharoni Sharma has assumed the role of Director of Operations at The Westin Goa. Her extensive experience encompasses key positions held at prestigious establishments such as The Leela Palace Jaipur, The Roseate, and JW Marriott Bangalore, making her a seasoned leader in the field.

In her new capacity, Sharoni shoulders the responsibility of overseeing the hotel's day-to-day operations, ensuring strict adherence to brand standards, and crafting exceptional guest experiences tailored to their diverse needs. Her leadership style, honed through years of experience, coupled with her deep understanding of hotel operations, positions her as an invaluable addition to the team.

“We are thrilled to welcome Sharoni to our team,” expressed Harish Gopalakrishnan, General Manager at The Westin Goa. “Her extensive background in Food & Beverage operations and her proven track record in the hospitality industry make her the ideal candidate to lead our operations. With her at the helm, we are confident that The Westin Goa will continue to exceed guest expectations and set new standards of excellence.”


Syed Tauseef Ahmed Joins Four Seasons Hotel Bengaluru as Director of Catering

Syed Tauseef Ahmed Joins Four Seasons Hotel Bengaluru as Director of Catering

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on April 11, 2024

Four Seasons Hotel Bengaluru recently welcomed Syed Tauseef Ahmed as its new Director of Catering, marking a significant addition to the esteemed hotel's team. With over 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Syed brings a wealth of expertise and a strong commitment to service excellence. His appointment reflects Four Seasons' dedication to delivering exceptional guest experiences and upholding its reputation for excellence.

Syed's career journey showcases his strategic leadership and innovative thinking, highlighted by his previous roles at renowned establishments such as ITC Hotels Bengaluru, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray Dubai, and Taj West End Bengaluru. His extensive experience in managing catering operations and driving revenue growth has consistently exceeded guest expectations.

In his new role, Syed will oversee all catering operations at Four Seasons Hotel Bengaluru, ensuring seamless event execution and personalized guest experiences. With his passion for responsible luxury and environmental sustainability, Syed is poised to elevate the hotel's catering services to new heights of success under his capable leadership.

The team at Four Seasons Hotel Bengaluru is excited to have Syed on board and looks forward to the positive impact he will bring to the catering segment. As Syed himself expresses, he is eager to contribute to the continued success and reputation of the iconic Four Seasons brand, creating memorable experiences for guests and driving growth in the catering sector.

With Syed Tauseef Ahmed at the helm of catering operations, Four Seasons Hotel Bengaluru is poised to redefine excellence in hospitality, ensuring that every guest's experience is nothing short of exceptional.

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