Meet Nilesh Ayyar: The New F&B Director at Hyatt Pune

Meet Nilesh Ayyar: The New F&B Director at Hyatt Pune

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Published on September 12, 2023

Big news in the world of hospitality! Hyatt Pune is delighted to welcome Nilesh Ayyar as their new F&B Director, taking the reins from September 1st, 2023. Let's get to know Nilesh and his exciting journey in the world of food and beverage.

Nilesh's journey in the hospitality world began with a hotel management degree from Bharti Vidyapeeth Pune. Armed with knowledge and enthusiasm, he embarked on a career that would take him places.

His initial years were filled with valuable experiences. Nilesh started as a Management Trainee at The Leela Mumbai, a prestigious hotel known for its luxury and hospitality. This was the perfect training ground for him to understand the nuances of the industry.

Nilesh's career path led him to some of the biggest names in the hotel industry. He worked with renowned hotel chains like The Leela and Taj, where he honed his skills and gained insights into delivering top-notch service.

In 2015, Nilesh took a bold step into entrepreneurship by becoming the Business Head for Bombay Bronx in Pune. This experience allowed him to explore the dynamic world of F&B from a different perspective.

His journey continued to soar as he joined the Chocolate Spoon Company, now known as The Sassy Spoon, as an Assistant General Manager. Nilesh's dedication and expertise didn't go unnoticed, and he soon found himself as the General Manager of Operations at L’Apicio, Pune.

Nilesh's career spanning over 13 years has been marked by numerous accolades and recognitions. As a Restaurant Manager, he's earned the trust of both colleagues and guests.

The entire team at Hyatt Pune is excited to collaborate with Nilesh. Together, they aim to create exceptional F&B experiences for their guests, aligning with the latest dining trends of the city.

Nilesh Ayyar's journey is a testament to dedication, learning, and a love for the art of hospitality. We look forward to seeing the wonderful culinary experiences he'll bring to Hyatt Pune!


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.


Novotel Guwahati Welcomes Manmeet Singh as New General Manager

Novotel Guwahati Welcomes Manmeet Singh as New General Manager

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on April 16, 2024

Novotel Guwahati proudly welcomes Mr. Manmeet Singh as its new General Manager, marking an exciting chapter in the hotel's journey towards excellence. With over 25 years of experience spanning various segments within the hospitality industry, including business, resort, and luxury hotels, Mr. Singh brings a wealth of expertise and a proven track record of success to his new role.

Throughout his illustrious career, Mr. Singh has made significant contributions to renowned hospitality brands such as IHG, Hyatt, Starwood, Marriott, and Apeejay Surrendra Park Hotels. His extensive background in food and beverage management further enriches his leadership, making him a valuable asset to the Novotel Guwahati team.

Recognized for his outstanding achievements, Mr. Singh has been the recipient of prestigious awards, including the INCA Best Director F&B Award, and has been nominated for the Hoteliers Award as Best Hotel Manager. His dedication, leadership skills, and commitment to excellence have set him apart as a dynamic professional within the industry.

In his new role as General Manager, Mr. Singh will oversee the overall operations of Novotel Guwahati, with a primary focus on delivering exceptional service and ensuring guest satisfaction. His strategic vision and profound industry knowledge will play a pivotal role in further establishing Novotel Guwahati as a premier destination for both business and leisure travelers alike.

Expressing his enthusiasm for joining the Novotel Guwahati team, Mr. Singh stated, “I am thrilled to be joining the Novotel Guwahati team and am committed to upholding the hotel's reputation for excellence. I look forward to working collaboratively with the team to deliver exceptional experiences to our guests and further elevate the hotel's standing in the hospitality industry.”

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