The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts recently announced the appointment of Sharad Puri as Senior Vice President – Sales & Distribution for the group. With over 27 years of experience, Sharad is an industry veteran and an inspirational leader who has worked in highly competitive environments across multiple cities in India. He is seasoned in building strong organizational structures to increase efficiency that is critical to business. Sharad is known for his strong analytical skills and astute business acumen along with a mindset of building long term relationships.
“We are delighted to welcome Sharad to The Leela family. His understanding of the global luxury consumer and evolving travel patterns and trends across the world will surely be an asset to The Leela as we embrace the next new phase of our growth journey. We are confident that his ability to develop and execute successful sales strategies will create value in the growth and success of our business across segments”, said Anuraag Bhatnagar, Chief Operating Officer, The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts.
Prior to joining The Leela, Sharad was Cluster General Manager with Marriott in Bengaluru. His work experience spans two major hospitality groups Marriott and Oberoi Hotels with assignments across multiple luxury hotels including The Oberoi Mumbai, The Oberoi Grand Kolkata, Trident Hyderabad and JW Marriott Mumbai Juhu.
Sharad is an alumnus of the Institute of Hotel Management – Ahmedabad and a graduate from the OCLD Management Training Program. An avid reader, he loves travelling to nature and wildlife resorts.
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 and operates eleven 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, Mumbai, Gandhinagar and now Kovalam. The brand is well poised to embrace the next phase in its growth trajectory with upcoming projects which includes a leisure resort in Ashtamudi in Kerala. The brand has a marketing alliance with US-based Preferred Hotels & Resorts and is a member of the Global Hotel Alliance.