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Management

Mr. Rakesh Sarna
Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Anil P. Goel
Executive Director - Finance
Mr. Abhijit Mukerji
Executive Director - Hotel Operations
Mr. Mehernosh S. Kapadia
Executive Director - Corporate Affairs
Dr.P.V. Ramana Murthy
Sr. Vice President and Global Head - Human Resources
Ms. Deepa Misra Harris
Sr. Vice President, Sales and Marketing
Mr. Veer Vijay Singh
Chief Operating Officer - Upper Upscale Hotels
Mr. Prabhat Verma
Chief Operating Officer - The Gateway Hotels & Resorts
Ms. Jyoti Narang
Chief Operating Officer - Luxury Division
Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces
Ms. Suma Venkatesh
Vice President - Development
Mr. Uday Narain
Vice President - Strategy
Mr. Beejal Desai
Vice President - Legal & Company Secretary
 

Mr. Rakesh Sarna
Mr. Rakesh Sarna
Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Rakesh Sarna, joined Indian Hotels Company Limited as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer on 1st September, 2014. Mr. Sarna brings over three decades of experience across various leadership roles with Hyatt Hotels Corporation. He was the Group President - Americas with a portfolio of 146 Full Service hotels, 233 Select Service hotels and 15 Vacation Ownership facilities across North America, the Caribbean and Latin America with around 40,000 employees. In this role, Mr. Sarna was responsible for the development and management of all owned, managed and franchised hotels across all Hyatt brands.
Previously, he served as Chief Operating Officer - International from June 2007 until his appointment as Group President - Americas in October 2012. During this time, he was responsible for the development and management of all owned, managed and franchised hotels across all Hyatt brands and for overseeing the Divisional Offices in Hong Kong for Asia Pacific; in Zurich for Europe Africa & Middle East; in Dubai for South West Asia and in Mexico City for Latin America. In addition, during this time, Mr. Sarna was also responsible for co-authoring the brand attributes of Andaz (Hyatt's boutique brand) and leading the launch of this new brand.
Mr. Sarna has had an international upbringing. He moved to Canada as a young adult and completed his Diploma in Hospitality Administration from Ottawa.

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Mr. Anil P. Goel
Mr. Anil P. Goel
Executive Director - Finance
Anil Goel is charged with the task of overseeing the Taj Group's Finance, Mergers and Acquisitions, Purchase and Legal & Secretarial functions. With over 28 years of experience in the Tata Group in various financial roles, including Chief Financial Officer of Tata Tea, he brings a unique understanding of fiscal responsibility to Taj. Anil is also a Non-Executive Director in Taj GVK Limited, amongst others.
Anil graduated in Honors from Shri Ram College of Commerce in Delhi and is a Chartered Accountant.

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Mr. Abhijit Mukerji
Mr. Abhijit Mukerji
Executive Director - Hotel Operations
Abhijit Mukerji oversees hotel operations of Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces, which includes Taj Luxury Hotels and Resorts, Vivanta by Taj Hotels and Resorts, The Gateway Hotels and Resorts, Taj Spas, Taj Trade and Transport and Inditravels.
A career hotelier, Mr. Mukerji has spent many years as a General Manager and run several hotels that have won international acclaim. He has thirty years of experience in the hospitality industry, the Taj and the Tata Group.
He has completed the graduate course of study in hotel administration from Institut de Management Hotelier International founded and administered jointly by Cornell University School of Hotel Administration and the Ecole Superieure des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales, France (CORNELL-ESSEC) and has completed The General Manager Program from the Harvard Business School. Further, Mr. Mukerji is a Certified Hotel Administrator (1999-2004) from the Educational Institute of the American Hotel and Motel Association.
He joined the Board of The Indian Hotels Company Limited in 2008 and is also on the Board of several group companies such as PIEM Hotels Limited, United Hotels Limited, TRIL Infopark Limited etc.. He is also a Trustee of Taj Public Service Welfare Trust and Coordinator, Board Of Governors of The Institute of Hotel Management Aurangabad.

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Mr. Mehernosh S. Kapadia
Mr. Mehernosh S. Kapadia
Executive Director - Corporate Affairs
Mr. Mehernosh S. Kapadia holds a Diploma in Travel management and has served the Taj Group of hotels in a variety of managerial positions. He has considerable experience of over 31 years in handling various issues with the Central and State Governments and Municipal Authorities.
He is also the Chairman of Taj Air Ltd and holds Directorships in Taj SATS Air Catering Limited, Tata Realty & Infrastructure Limited and Ewart Investments Limited.

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Dr.P.V. Ramana Murthy
Dr.P.V. Ramana Murthy
Sr. Vice President and Global Head - Human Resources
Dr. P. V. Ramana Murthy is the Sr. Vice President and Global Head - Human Resources at the Indian Hotels Company Ltd. Prior to this, he held a distinguished 15-year career with The Coca-Cola Company, where most recently he served as Executive Director - Human Resources for Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages (HCCB), India and Bangladesh, the wholly owned subsidiary of the Bottling Investments Group of The Coca-Cola Company, Atlanta, USA. In this board level position at corporate headquarters in Gurgaon, he was responsible for about 15,000 employees. Under his guidance, the Human Resources function of HCCB came to be named "Best in Class" and served as a strong exporter of executive talent within the global Coca-Cola Bottling Investment Group.
Through the course of his tenure with the company, he rose progressively, taking on increasingly senior roles, first with Coca-Cola India, currently the concentrate and marketing division of the business wholly owned by the Atlanta Company, holding titles such as Area HR Manager (Nellore) in 1999, Regional HR Manager (Andhra Pradesh) in 2000, Senior Manager - Corporate HR & Employee Relations in 2001 and Corporate General Manager - Human Resources in 2002, until he was named Regional General Manager - Human Resources (South) in 2004. In 2005, he became HCCB India's Head of HR as its Director - Human Resources and subsequently, moving on to become Vice President - Human Resources in 2009. In 2011, he was promoted as the Senior Vice President-HR. He attained the title of Executive Director - Human Resources in 2013.
Among his many notable achievements for Hindustan Coca-Cola were creating an 18-month customized General Management Development Program to groom zonal business heads in India, developing and deploying an HR Academy with an 18-month HR Capability Building Program, and designing Leadership Excellence and Accelerating Performance (LEAP) for mid-level manager development, now in use in 17 countries of Coca-Cola's Bottling Investment Group (BIG). He also conceptualized and launched the first-ever Community College in India in partnership with Mumbai University to develop frontline sales talent.
In his career spanning about 28 years, PV widely travelled across the globe and did short-term assignments in countries such as Denmark, Sweden, Romania, Brazil, China, Philippines etc., understanding different cultures and learning the country specific management practices.
His prior experience includes six years as head of Human Resources for Bellary Steels and Alloys Ltd, Karnataka, India, where he was responsible for strategic HR management and employee relations for four business units. He began his career in HR in 1985 with Ferro Alloys Corporation Ltd. (FACOR), Shreeram Nagar, Andhra Pradesh, India. Joining as a Management Trainee in Personnel & Administration, he subsequently held the Assistant Manager - Personnel & Administration and Deputy Manager - Human Resources positions in FACOR.
PV, who is regarded as an 'academic practitioner' within the HR circles, holds a Ph.D. in Strategic Human Resource Management from Sri Krishadevaraya University, Andhra Pradesh, India. He has also done an advanced Human Resource Executive programme from Michigan Ross School of Business in 2009. PV has also recently acquired the psychoanalytical skills on Leadership, Culture and Organization development through his Executive Masters in Coaching and Consulting for Change (CCC) from INSEAD, Singapore. Apart from this, he has done a one-year Practitioner Coach Diploma from Noble Manhattan Coaching Institute, London; and a post-graduate diploma in Personnel Management from National Institute of Personnel Management (NIPM), Calcutta, India. He is also a 1984 Graduate in Law from Andhra University, India, and a 1981 Graduate in Commerce from the same university.
He was also the President of National HRD Network (NHRDN) - Delhi/NCR Chapter.

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Ms. Deepa Misra Harris
Ms. Deepa Misra Harris
Sr. Vice President, Sales and Marketing
Deepa Misra Harris, Senior Vice President - Sales & Marketing, successfully leads and enhances critical sales and marketing initiatives in India and abroad for the Taj Group of hotels.
Deepa oversees the sales and marketing function for Taj Group of hotels worldwide encompassing the worldwide sales force, distribution, central reservations, brand marketing, public relations, social media, marketing communications and advertising. She has spent 28 years with Taj Group and was Vice President Marketing prior to taking on this role in December 2011. She is the only specialist to have served separately as Vice President Sales and Vice President Marketing before taking the lead job to oversee both functions. She has worked across most markets in India and abroad and has played an integral role in the growth of Taj, including the recent Brand Architecture exercise and the roll-out of the new Vivanta by Taj and Gateway brands.
She is also on the board of several group companies such as Taj GVK Hotels and Resorts Limited and PIEM Hotels Limited and others as well. She also represents Taj in various industry organizations such as Hotel Association of India, Experience India Society and Marketing advisory board of Leading Hotels of the World amongst many others.
She holds a graduation degree in English from Delhi University's Lady Sriram college, one of India's top colleges along with a masters degree in English and also Mass Communications.

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Mr. Veer Vijay Singh
Mr. Veer Vijay Singh
Chief Operating Officer - Upper Upscale Hotels
As the Chief Operating Officer of the Taj Group-Upper Upscale Hotels, Veer Vijay Singh is responsible for the Operations and Overall Performance of 36 hotels in 26 locations spread across seven (7) countries.
In a career span of 33 years with the Taj, he has had a wide experience in Food & Beverage Operations and has been a General Manager for over 17 years at Taj Hotels in Hyderabad, Calcutta & Sri Lanka. Prior to this assignment Veer Vijay was the Director Operations of TAJGVK hotels & Resorts Pvt. Ltd and General Manager of Taj Krishna. During his tenure he has been responsible for the growth & expansion of TAJGVK Hotels in Chandigarh, Chennai & Hyderabad.
He has graduated from IHMCT&N, New Delhi and he had the opportunity of further honing his skills by attending training programmes conducted by CORNELL/N.U.S- Singapore, INSEAD & Harvard. Veer Vijay has played a stellar role in promoting tourism in the State of Andhra Pradesh as he has been the President of Hotels & Restaurants Association of A.P for 6 terms and has been Director with A.P.Tourism Development Corporation, Institute of Hotel Management, National Institute of Tourism and Hospitality Management, Convener for Tourism Promotion in CII - AP Chapter, Vice President - SIHRA & Executive Committee member of FHRAI.
His values, passion & loyalty towards his work and his Forte of building relationships, makes him who he is today.

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Mr. Prabhat Verma
Mr. Prabhat Verma
Chief Operating Officer - The Gateway Hotels & Resorts
Mr. Prabhat Verma, a hotel management graduate from IHMCTAN, Kolkata joined Taj group in the year 1990 as a Management Trainee and has held key positions like General Manager of Taj Malabar, Cochin, and Taj Coromandel, Chennai. He was re-located as Hotel Manager to Crowne Plaza, St. James Court and 51 Buckingham Gate, the London properties of the Taj. He subsequently took over as General Manager - Crowne Plaza, St. James and 51 Buckingham gate, London.
Mr. Verma has won numerous industry accolades including Young General Manager of the Year 2005, 5 Star Deluxe category by FHRAI and the 'International Cooperation between the UK and India Award' (2012) by Asian Voice.
Currently, he is the Chief Operating Officer of The Gateway Hotels of the Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces and is responsible for the operations and performance of 24 properties in India.

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Ms. Jyoti Narang
Ms. Jyoti Narang
Chief Operating Officer - Luxury Division
Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces
Jyoti Narang began her career with the Taj group in 1982 and has since handled a variety of portfolios across the chain, from sales and marketing to operations. She is currently the Chief Operating Officer of the Luxury Division of Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces and is in charge of the overall performance and expansion of the division.
Jyoti started off as a sales executive (in Sales) with Taj Hotels in Delhi and was part of the launch of Taj Palace, New Delhi. In 1996, she took charge of marketing for the entire Taj Group of Hotels before moving into operations in 2003. Seeing an opportunity in business tourism on the back of a growing economy, Jyoti developed the concept of 'Urban Revival' for the new age Business Hotels for Taj. She served as the Chief Operating Officer of Taj Business Hotels for India and abroad in 2003. She then moved on to manage the operations of Taj Leisure Hotels in 2006. As the Chief Operating officer of this division, she was instrumental in pioneering the launch of Taj Safaris a unique concept which offers adventure enthusiasts a distinctive, interpretive wildlife experience.
In 2008, Jyoti was appointed as the Chief Operating Officer of The Gateway Hotels, the new upscale brand of the Taj, and was actively involved in developing the concept and launching the brand with an aim to be present in all economic and commercial hubs in India. The brand is a first of its kind and was created to cater to the needs of the modern contemporary traveller.
Jyoti obtained her B.A. in Economics from Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi and went on to complete her M.B.A in Finance from the Faculty of Management in Delhi. She has attended the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School and other management programmes from reputed institutes like the Wharton School of Management and the International Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland.

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Ms. Suma Venkatesh
Ms. Suma Venkatesh
Vice President - Development
Ms. Suma Venkatesh, Vice President - Development, heads Taj Group's global initiatives for growth, through green field developments, acquisitions, licenses and management contracts. Over the last 12 years with the Taj Group, she has been involved in doubling the Group's inventory to 126 hotels with 15500+ keys.
She has over 22 years of cross functional experience across industries. Having started her career as a Design Engineer at a steel plant in Mukand Ltd, she has held various managerial positions in the Infrastructure Advisory and Lending divisions of ICICI Bank Ltd. and was involved in appraising, structuring and financing of infrastructure projects. Before joining Indian Hotels Company Ltd. in 2002, she was the Chief Financial Analyst with Portman Overseas, a US based development firm, and was responsible for their investments in India and China.
She holds an Electrical Engineering Degree from VJTI, Mumbai and also a Masters Degree in Management Studies (MMS) from the Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management studies, Mumbai.

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Mr. Uday Narain
Mr. Uday Narain
Vice President - Strategy
Uday has a varied and diverse experience across functions in the Tata Group and especially in the Taj. He has spent 16 years with the Taj across functions including Projects, Development, General Administration and Operations. He was the Chief Operating Officer for Ginger Hotels, after which he was based in New York, responsible for Development and Projects for Taj in The Americas.
His last assignment with the Tata Group was with Tata Realty & Infrastructure Ltd (TRIL) where he was Vice President - Real Estate & Hospitality, responsible for development in the Real Estate vertical, program management of hospitality projects, and overseeing the operations of some assets under the Real Estate vertical of TRIL.
Uday has a Bachelor's degree in Economics from St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi and holds a PGDM from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta. He is a member of the Tata Administrative Service (TAS)

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Mr. Beejal Desai
Mr. Beejal Desai
Vice President - Legal & Company Secretary
Mr. Desai has over 26 years of experience in the field of Legal & Secretarial. He is an FCS from the Institute of Company Secretaries of India and LLB (Gen) from Mumbai University and has also done his DCM from NMIMS.
He has varied experience in organizations like Pharma Fill Ltd, Unique Pharma Lab. Ltd, J. L Morrison (I) Ltd and J B Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals Ltd. He was last associated with Bharat Forge Ltd.