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Samit Kazi, Area Director of Sales – West India, AccorHotels
A seasoned hotelier with over 14 years of industry experience, Kazi became part of the AccorHotels family in 2011. In his new role, Kazi will lead Global Sales from West India and manage key accounts from Mumbai, Pune and Gujarat region for AccorHotels’ India-based and international properties.
Raj Singh, GM, Novotel Lucknow Gomti Nagar
A seasoned hotelier with over 14 years of industry experience, Kazi became part of the AccorHotels family in 2011. In his new role, Kazi will lead Global Sales from West India and manage key accounts from Mumbai, Pune and Gujarat region for AccorHotels’ India-based and international properties.
Shital Sethi, Director of Sales & Marketing, Novotel Mumbai Juhu Beach
Prior to joining AccorHotels, Shital was the Director of Sales and Marketing at Hotel Holiday Inn, Mumbai. In her new role, Sethi will be responsible for leading and further improving all aspects of the sales and marketing communications, promoting brand strategies and providing the best of Novotel Mumbai Juhu Beach’s hospitality experience to the guests.
Chef Shashidhar Roka, Executive Chef, Eastin Residences Vadodara
A seasoned professional with 16 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Chef Roka has joined Eastin Residences Vadodara as the Executive Chef. He will be supervising the Glass House, an all-day dining restaurant at the hotel.
Nischal Ayanna, Director of Sales and Marketing, Radisson Blu Atria Bengaluru

Ayanna joins the property with 14 years of experience in hotel sales, business development, strategic planning, MICE and team management having worked in India and the Middle East. Prior to joining Radisson Blu Atria Bengaluru, Ayanna was associated with leading luxury hotel brands such as Starwood, Hyatt, The Lalit and The Leela.
Pradeep Panwar, HR Manager, Double Tree by Hilton, Pune, Chinchwad
A seasoned hospitality professional with over 11 years experience in hotel operations and human resources, Panwar has worked with hotels like Taj Ummaid Bhavan palace, Rajasthan, The Lalit Great Eastern Kolkata, Park Plaza by Carlson Rezidor Kolkata, and Royal orchid Bangalore. At Double Tree by Hilton, Pune he shall be responsible for heading recruitments, training and development.
Christopher Baker, Resident Manager, Jumeirah Vittaveli, Maldives
An experienced hospitality professional, Baker brings strong leadership and management skills to his new role. He first joined the Jumeirah Group early on in his career, for the opening of Jumeirah Beach Hotel and joins Jumeirah Vittaveli with excellent knowledge of the brand.
Winston Chien, GM, Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel, Shanghai
Chien started his new role in April 2017 and joined Jumeirah Group after five years as Vice President, China, at Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group Asia Pacific. Prior to this he worked as Assistant GM at Hong Kong Resort International and from 2008 – 2010 he worked for Jumeirah in the Jumeirah Group China representation office.
Anuj Srivastav, Assistant Marketing Manager, Lords Hotels
An experienced professional in research & business development and account management, Srivastav will help the group in identifying business opportunities and in ideating marketing strategies to effect top line growth. His active responsibilities include maintaining social media presence and online marketing and streamlining all forms of communications in line with the brand ethos.
Dietmar Kielnhofer, GM, JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar
With over 30 years of industry exposure across Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia, Kielnhofer possesses vast expertise in hotel operations, marketing, food & beverage, human resources and finance. Prior to joining JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar, Kielnhofer was serving as the Complex GM at Starwood Hyderabad, India.
Chef Kunal Gautam, Chef de Cuisine, Courtyard by Marriott, Ahmedabad
With almost a decade long experience garnered in some of the top hospitality kitchens across the world, Chef Gautam’s specialisation cruises along the choicest dishes integral to North India, South India, China, the Mediterranean and Europe. Since September 2014, he had been at Four Points by Sheraton at Dubai, heading a team of 15 in handling the main kitchen, the tea coffee lounge, an English Pub and an Indian specialty restaurant till he moved to Courtyard by Marriott, Ahmedabad.
Ramandeep Marwah, GM, JW Marriott Mussoorie Walnut Grove Resort & Spa
An experienced hand in managing luxury hotels, Marwah has worked across India’s leading hospitality groups including Taj, The Leela, Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, to name a few. His journey with Marriott started in 2012 with JW Marriott Aerocity, New Delhi and since then he has managed the JW Marriott brand across Mumbai, Macau, and Pune.
Abhishek Malik, Director of Operations, JW Marriott Pune
In his new role, Malik will be leading business and strategic operations of the property and will be responsible for implementing the brand service strategy and initiatives. He will also be working with various department heads to develop and implement respective departmental strategies.
Amit Prashant Chakraborti, Chef De Cuisine, Courtyard by Marriott, Pune
An industry veteran having more than 10 years of experience, Chef Chakraborti has been associated with some of the best hotel brands in the country. In his new role, Chef Chakraborti is responsible to supervise restaurant kitchen shift operations and to ensure compliance with all F&B policies, standards and procedures.
Chef Amit Kumar Dash, Executive Chef, Sheraton Hyderabad Hotel, Gachibowli
With over 13 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Chef Dash brings with him passion, energy and expertise in the kitchen and F&B department. During the last 13 years, he has grown from being a Jr. Sous Chef-in-charge to being the Executive Chef. He has previously honed his craft in kitchens such as Courtyard by Marriott at Mumbai International Airport, Courtyard by Marriott, The Taj Connemara and ITC Hotel Park Sheraton Towers in Chennai.

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