The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts appoints Vikram Choubal as Senior Vice President Design and Technical Services
The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts appoints Vikram Choubal as Senior Vice President, Design and Technical Services. Prior to joining The Leela, Vikram was Vice President, Project Management at Marriott International for South Asia.
In his new role, Vikram will provide technical support and oversee the design, planning and execution of all hotel projects within The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts portfolio. With over three decades of experience in hotel project management, Vikram has had a solid grounding in hospitality engineering, architecture, design, and construction.
“We are delighted to welcome Vikram to The Leela family and to have someone of his caliber and extensive experience lead our design and technical services team. Vikram brings with him the necessary expertise and a proven track record in project management and design development across multiple brands, which will be extremely valuable to us as we embrace the next new phase of our growth trajectory,” said Anuraag Bhatnagar, Chief Operating Officer, The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts.
Vikram began his career in the merchant shipping industry, sailing on oil tankers for 14 years, gaining hands-on experience of working with people across the world, before moving to the hospitality industry. His experience in the hospitality sector includes a stint with The Oberoi Group, heading engineering, operations and projects as Vice President, and IHCL (TAJ Hotels) as Vice President Projects prior to joining Marriott International.
He has managed multiple projects concurrently across new-builds, refurbishments as well as conversions, ensuring timely completion and on brand delivery of every project. He is also an experienced professional in providing technical support to operational teams, assisting acquisition and portfolio development in the technical evaluation of new deals and hotel conversion opportunities.
Vikram is a musician at heart and enjoys swimming and reading in his leisure time. He holds an engineering degree from Department of Transport, UK and a certificate of Apprenticeship from Mazagaon Dock Ltd.
About The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts
Headquartered in Mumbai, The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts is owned by a Brookfield Asset Management-sponsored private real estate fund. The Leela, owns and operates nine award-winning properties in major cities and leisure destinations across India. These include the flagship hotel in the capital city of New Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, Udaipur, Jaipur, Gurugram, East Delhi, Goa, and Mumbai. The Leela celebrates each hotel through its unique location, art, culture and cuisine with thoughtful services, celebratory rituals and immersive experiences. The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts was voted the World’s Best Hotel Brand by Travel + Leisure, USA, World’s Best Awards Survey, 2020. The brand is well poised to embrace the next phase in its growth trajectory with upcoming projects which include business hotels in Bengaluru, Hyderabad, and in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. An epitome of true Indian luxury hospitality, The Leela is committed to providing guests with unforgettable stays in settings that capture the essence of India. The brand has a marketing alliance with US-based Preferred Hotels & Resorts and is a member of the Global Hotel Alliance, Geneva, Switzerland.