Lalan Kumar Ascends to Associate Head of Sales at Orchid Hotel Pune

Lalan Kumar Ascends to Associate Head of Sales at Orchid Hotel Pune

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Published on February 15, 2024

Orchid Hotel Pune has announced the promotion of Lalan Kumar to the position of Associate Head of Sales, marking a significant step in his already distinguished career in the hospitality industry. Kumar's journey is a testament to his relentless pursuit of sales excellence, characterized by consistently exceeding targets, establishing robust client relationships, and expanding into new markets.

Kumar's professional story began at the luxury heritage hotel, Fort JadhavGADH, where his commitment and performance saw him rise to become the head of sales by April 2015. His journey took a pivotal turn when he joined Orchid Hotel Pune in August 2021, where his impact was immediate and profound. Within a span of just over a year, Kumar's exceptional dedication and results led to his promotion in April 2023.

Kumar's career is adorned with numerous accolades that highlight his dedication to sales excellence. Among these are multiple Highest Seller awards and the prestigious title of Consistent Outstanding Performance Employee of the Year for four consecutive years from 2012 to 2015. His recent accolade, the POWER PAY Performance of the Year 2022-23 at Orchid, underscores his continuous contribution to the hotel's success.

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Beyond his professional success, Kumar is deeply committed to the values and ethics that embody the essence of Orchid Hotel. His dedication to environment-sensitive practices and ensuring unparalleled guest experiences align perfectly with the brand's ethos, a synergy that played a crucial role in his decision to join Orchid Hotel in 2021.

In his new role, Kumar is poised to drive the hotel's sales strategy to new heights. "Leading a dynamic team, forging strong partnerships with clients, and implementing innovative approaches to boost revenue are aspects that excite me the most," Kumar stated. His eagerness to contribute to the hotel's growth in the competitive hospitality market reflects his anticipation and readiness for the challenges ahead.

Kumar's promotion is not just a personal milestone but also a testament to Orchid Hotel Pune's commitment to recognizing and nurturing talent within its ranks. As he takes on his new role, Kumar's vision and strategies are expected to propel the hotel towards greater heights of success and innovation in the hospitality industry.


Sameer Mehra Joins MRS Group Of Hotels as Chief Commercial Officer

Sameer Mehra Joins MRS Group Of Hotels as Chief Commercial Officer

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on April 21, 2024

The MRS Group of Hotels, known for its unique boutique hotels across Rajasthan and Uttarakhand, has appointed Sameer Mehra as Chief Commercial Officer. Mehra brings extensive experience from top hospitality brands like The Oberoi Group, Hilton Worldwide, Marriott International, and Standard International in Thailand. His role will focus on driving the group's expansion and commercial operations.

Mehra’s background in hospitality, spanning various countries and roles in luxury hotels and resorts, underscores his expertise in navigating the global hospitality landscape. He aims to leverage this experience to enhance the group’s commercial strategies and contribute to its growth.

Reflecting on his appointment, Mehra expressed excitement about joining a brand celebrated for reimagining hospitality. He emphasized the group's commitment to thoughtful expansion, focusing on locations that offer unique experiences while honoring the spirit of travel.

Karan Singh Vaid, President of The MRS Group of Hotels, highlighted the group’s vision to redefine hospitality and provide unparalleled experiences to guests. He expressed confidence in Mehra’s ability to advance the group's objectives through strategic acquisitions and management agreements.

The MRS Group eagerly welcomes Mehra to its leadership team and looks forward to his contributions in solidifying the group’s position in the hospitality industry.


Nikita Ramchandani Takes the Helm as Multi-Property VP at Marriott International, Mumbai

Nikita Ramchandani Takes the Helm as Multi-Property VP at Marriott International, Mumbai

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on April 19, 2024

Nikita Ramchandani has been promoted to Multi-Property Vice President for the Marriott International Mumbai Market. This means she'll not only continue as General Manager of JW Marriott Mumbai Juhu but also oversee strategic directions for other key properties in Mumbai.

With over 23 years of experience in hospitality, Nikita is known for her exceptional leadership and business acumen. Graduating from Les Roches School of Hotel Management, Switzerland, and having succeeded in the US, she brings a wealth of international expertise to her new role.

In her tenure as General Manager at JW Marriott Mumbai Juhu, Nikita's unwavering dedication and visionary leadership steered the hotel to unprecedented heights, even amidst the challenges posed by the global pandemic. Her ability to inspire and motivate her team has led to remarkable improvements in product and service delivery.

Now, as Multi-Property VP, Nikita will focus on streamlining processes, managing owner relations, and supporting General Managers to achieve their goals across Marriott International's Mumbai properties. Her promotion is a testament to her outstanding contributions and her proven ability to drive success in challenging environments.

JW Marriott Mumbai Juhu eagerly supports Nikita as she embraces this new chapter in her career, confident in her ability to excel in her expanded role.


Catering Collective Appoints Arindam Chakraborty as COO for National Expansion

Catering Collective Appoints Arindam Chakraborty as COO for National Expansion

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on April 18, 2024

Catering Collective, a division of K Hospitality and a premier player in India’s banquet and catering scene, proudly announces the appointment of Arindam Chakraborty as its new Chief Operating Officer (COO). This strategic decision underscores the brand’s commitment to expanding its presence nationally. Boasting over 23 years of experience in the hotel and catering industry, Arindam brings a wealth of expertise, particularly in hospitality.

Prior to becoming a part of Catering Collective, Arindam occupied significant leadership positions at esteemed organizations including Brookfield Properties, The Leela Palaces – Hotels and Resorts, Radisson, and The Claridges Hotels, among others. His expertise lies in managing extensive corporate events, MICE gatherings, and upscale wedding celebrations. Armed with a robust skill set in operations management, strategic planning, and business development, Arindam is primed to play a pivotal role in steering Catering Collective towards its future expansion.

Commenting on the appointment, Karan Kapur, Executive Director, K Hospitality, stated, “We are delighted to welcome Arindam to the Catering Collective team. His appointment as COO underscores our dedication to fostering growth and upholding excellence across our operations. With his extensive experience and proven track record in driving business success, we are confident in his ability to play a pivotal role as we advance and expand this important business vertical across India.”

Stepping into his role with a clear vision, Arindam Chakraborty, COO of Catering Collective, expressed, “I am honored to join Catering Collective and am excited about the journey ahead. Catering Collective has established itself as a premier brand in the luxury banqueting and catering space, and I am committed to furthering its reputation for excellence and innovation. Working alongside a highly skilled team, I look forward to driving growth, fostering culture alignment, innovation, diversity, and sustainability within the organization. The goal will be to deliver unparalleled experiences to our clients and guests.”

Catering Collective’s unwavering commitment to transforming the landscape of Indian venues and catering, alongside Mr. Arindam Chakraborty’s visionary leadership, heralds an exhilarating path forward for the company. With anticipation, the company envisions a period characterized by growth, creativity, and sustained distinction under his guidance.

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