MUMBAI – 13 March 2013 – The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts today announced the appointment of Rajesh Jhingon as Executive Vice President, Operations for the group. In this role, Jhingon will oversee and drive operations and initiatives for The Leela group’s award-winning portfolio of eight hotels as well as four new hotels in the pipeline. In a career spanning over 20 years, he has added many feathers to his cap, the latest being his stint as General Manager, Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas.
Rajiv Kaul, president, The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts said, “Rajesh is an accomplished hotelier and his extensive experience in the hospitality industry, combined with his extraordinary caliber and versatility makes him a valuable asset. We are delighted to welcome him onboard and he shall strengthen our team as we consolidate Leela’s leadership as a leading luxury hospitality brand.”
Jhingon began his career as part of the opening team of The Oberoi and went on to assume the operational command of The Oberoi in Mumbai and thereafter in New Delhi before taking on the mantle of the opening GM of Amarvilas Agra. He then moved for a two-year stint as opening GM in the Maldives with Taj Exotica following which he completed a successful tenure with Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group as GM of their properties in Singapore and Las Vegas, both of which are located in highly competitive cities and acknowledged as amongst the top hotels in their markets. A career at the helm of various luxury hotels in highly competitive international markets - India, Maldives, Singapore and United States - has given him considerable exposure across broad platforms, including, strategic operational planning, innovative business practices, and establishing world-class standards of excellence. As a result, several properties under his leadership have attained award-winning status in a short span of time.
Reflecting on his appointment, Jhingon said, “It gives me great pleasure to become a part of the ever-evolving Leela Group as it moves towards an illustrous future. I am glad to be given this opportunity to use my experience and the lessons I have learned along the way to carry forward the legacy of luxury that the Leela symbolises.”
Jhingon holds a Masters degree in Hospitality Management from Cornell ESSEC Paris, France, and graduated from the Oberoi School of Hotel Management, New Delhi, India.
The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts, headquartered in Mumbai, India, is owned by Hotel Leelaventure Ltd. The ultra-luxury hotel group owns and manages eight award-winning properties in prime urban locations and magical holiday destinations across India including Mumbai, New Delhi, Gurgaon, Bangalore, Chennai, Goa, Udaipur and Kovalam. New properties under development include Jaipur, Bangalore, Noida, Agra and Lake Ashtamudi, Kerala. The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts is committed to providing warm, gracious and anticipatory service in settings that capture the essence of India. The group has marketing alliances with Germany-based Kempinski hotels, US-based Preferred Hotels & Resorts and is a member of the Global Hotel Alliance based in Geneva, Switzerland. For further information, contact your travel counsellor or visit our website at www.theleela.com
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