Arvind Chawla belongs to that new breed of adventurous and enterprising young Indians who are fast making a name for themselves in the tough, competitive world of American business and industry. At 29, Chawla has variously been a highly successful hotelier, a Public Relations man for a large pharmaceutical company and the sole distributor for a multimillion dollar cosmetics concern.
Chawla’s American odyssey began way back in 1966 when he was a man- agement trainee under Oberoi Hotels’ scheme to substitute Indian trained executives in place of foreign experts.
After completing this training, Chawla worked for a year and a half with Oberoi as an assistant manager specialising in food and beverage administration. “During my training, I had a fantastic exposure to international food, language, wines and cultures that go along with them, and this whetted my appetite to see distant lands.”
Chawla, who had not completed his education when he joined Oberoi, realised that there was not much scope for him in India.