The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) has appointed Puneet Chhatwal as its new chief executive officer and managing director to drive performance and oversee the next phase of expansion of the hotel group.
Chhatwal is currently chief executive officer and member of the Executive Board of Steigenberger Hotels AG – Deutsche Hospitality, a European hotel chain.
He has more than three decades of leadership experience in the hospitality sector, having worked for hotel groups in Europe and North America after starting his career in India.
N Chandrasekaran, chairman, IHCL said: “Mr Chhatwal’s extensive experience in the global hospitality sector including his ability to drive performance, turn around assets and build great teams will be very valuable for IHCL as it looks to strengthen and expand its position in the market.”
Chhatwal added: “IHCL has some of the most iconic hotel properties in India and at key gateway locations across the world. I look forward to working with the talented teams in IHCL and under Mr Chandrasekaran’s leadership of the Tata Group to take this iconic company forward.”
Chhatwal is a graduate of Delhi University and Institute of Hotel Management, Delhi. He has completed an MBA in hospitality from ESSEC, Paris and an Advanced Management Program from INSEAD.
The Indian Hotels Company (IHCL) and its subsidiaries, collectively known as Taj Group, is one of Asia’s largest and finest group of hotels.
Incorporated by the founder of the Tata group, Jamsetji Tata, the company opened its first property, the Taj Mahal Palace, in Bombay in 1903.