Minor Hotels Strengthens Leadership in India with New VP of Operations

Minor Hotels Strengthens Leadership in India with New VP of Operations

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Published on January 26, 2024

Minor Hotels, a prominent international hotel owner, operator, and investor, is excited to welcome Vijay Krishnan-Vazhvelil as Vice President – Operations, India, effective from December 21, 2023. This strategic appointment comes as part of Minor Hotels' ambitious plan to expand its footprint in India, focusing on the successful launch of its first Anantara property in Jaipur and ensuring substantial growth across the country.

Bringing over two decades of experience as a seasoned business leader in luxury hospitality, wildlife tourism, and experiential travel, Krishnan-Vazhvelil has a proven track record of effectively managing strategic growth in emerging markets. His diverse career includes roles with renowned brands such as Oberoi Hotels & Resorts, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, and more.

In his previous position as Vice President Operations at Royal Orchid & Regenta Hotels & Resorts, Krishnan-Vazhvelil successfully managed multiple properties across India for one of the nation’s fastest-growing hospitality brands. His expertise aligns with the sustainability-focused approach that Minor Hotels values in its operations.

Working closely with Amir Golbarg, Senior Vice President – Middle East, Africa, and India, and the broader Minor Hotels team based in Dubai and Bangkok, Krishnan-Vazhvelil will play a crucial role in building a sustainable pipeline and operations in India.

Amir Golbarg expressed confidence in Krishnan-Vazhvelil's extensive experience, stating, “Vijay’s extensive experience, especially in managing complex luxury hotel and resort operations, will be invaluable as we execute our expansion plans in India. I am certain that his visionary approach and out-of-the-box thinking will ensure Minor Hotels creates a distinctive product and delivers exceptional guest experiences in the Indian market.”

Excited about this new chapter, Krishnan-Vazhvelil remarked, “I am thrilled to join Minor Hotels at this pivotal moment. It is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the group’s growth journey in India, and I look forward to working with the talented and passionate team at Minor Hotels and leveraging my expertise in lifestyle luxury hospitality to create memorable and sustainable value for all stakeholders.”

Krishnan-Vazhvelil holds a Bachelor’s degree in Hotel Management from Mangalore University, India, and has completed courses from Cornell University, USA, in Hotel Real Estate Investments and Asset Management, and Managing Strategic Growth and Leadership in Emerging Markets in Hotels and Resorts.


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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