CEO, AIANA Hotels
Amruda Nair serves as Chief Executive Officer and Joint Managing Director of Aiana Hotels & Resorts LLC. Ms. Nair has a global perspective along with experience with leading international hospitality brands. She is responsible for designing the brand’s signature programming as well as spearheading the company’s overall business development to create a unique proposition that defines the next wave of smart hospitality. After a stint with Mandarin Oriental, New York, she worked for Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels (JLLH). Based in Singapore, she joined Aiana Hotels & Resorts as a full-time analyst on the hospitality brokerage team and was involved in investment sales mandates across the region including Indonesia, Japan, China, India and Thailand. In 2008, she joined the corporate advisory division of JLLH where she acted as an Owner’s Representative managing three trading assets in Singapore and Shanghai, for properties operated by IHG, Fairmont and Starwood. She also conducted pre-opening budget reviews, management contract negotiations and mystery guest audits for properties in Bali, Bangkok, Hong Kong and Beijing. Ms. Nair served as Head of Asset Management for Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts during a period of major growth, which included the opening of new properties in Gurgaon, Udaipur, Delhi and Chennai and an increase in group room inventory under management to 2,211 guest rooms. In her role, she was responsible for conducting financial reviews for the luxury group’s eight operating properties, reviewing pre-opening budgets for upcoming projects and annual business plans. She serves as a Director of Aiana Hotels & Resorts LLC. She has been an Independent Non-Executive Director of Camphor & Allied Products Ltd. since October 3, 2013. She serves as a Board member of Entrepreneur’s Organisation Mumbai. She is Associate committee member of an NGO which stands for ‘women who walk together’ in support of societal responsibility and empowerment at Sahachari Foundation. She is Apne Aap Women’s Collective – Vice president of an anti-trafficking organization that serves women and children in Mumbai’s the red light district. She was awarded the ‘Generation Next Awards’ for Hospitality (2011) by The All India Association of Industries and the Young Entrepreneurs Society as well as the Young FICCI Ladies Organisation Women Achiever’s Award (2012). Ms. Nair is an Economics graduate she went on to gain qualifications in Hospitality Management from CHN University in The Netherlands and a Master’s degree from the world’s leading hotel school, Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration in New York, which included exposure to Asian markets through the Nanyang Business School, in Singapore.