In­dian Ho­tels ap­points Puneet Ch­hat­wal as MD and CEO

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NEWDELHI: Tata group hos­pi­tal­ity firm In­dian Ho­tels Com­pany Ltd (IHCL) an­nounced that it has ap­pointed Duetsche Hos­pi­tal­ity chief ex­ec­u­tive PuneetCh­hat­wal as its man­ag­ing direc­tor and CEO.

He will take over from in­cum­bent Rakesh Sarna, who is step­ping down on 30 Septem­ber. The board of direc­tors of the com­pany at its meet­ing held to­day ap­proved the ap­point­ment of Ch­hat­wal, the com­pany said in a BSE fil­ing.

Ch­hat­wal is cur­rently chief ex­ec­u­tive and mem­ber of ex­ec­u­tive board of Duetsche Hos­pi­tal­ity/Stein­berger Ho­tels AG, a large Euro­pean ho­tel chain, it added. He has over two decades of lead­er­ship ex­pe­ri­ence in the global hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try, hav­ing worked with some of the lead­ing ho­tel groups in Europe and North Amer­ica. He had started his ca­reer in In­dia, it added.

In May this year, IHCL had an­nounced that Sarna has re­signed cit­ing per­sonal rea­sons. Sarna was one of the high­pro­file re­cruit­ments from out­side the Tata group made by ousted Tata Sons chair­man Cyrus Mistry.

With Mistry’s de­par­ture from the group, there were spec­u­la­tions that Sarna was also likely to fol­low suit. He was con­sid­ered to be a con­fi­dant of Mistry. He had joined IHCL in Septem­ber 2014 re­plac­ing the com­pany’s long-serv­ing head Ray­mond Bick­son.

Be­fore he joined IHCL, Sarna was the group pres­i­dent - Amer­i­cas of Hy­att Ho­tels Cor­po­ra­tion.

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