Ms. Deepika Rao has been appointed as Managing Director and Chief Executive officer at Ginger Hotels (Roots Corporation Ltd.).
Deepika started her career with Tata Motors in 2000. Having completed the Tata Administrative Services (TAS) leadership programme, she has had several stints across functions in various Tata Group companies for the last 18 years. She has moved to her current role from her previous position as Vice President, Asset Management at IHCL, where she was responsible for leading solutions for margin enhancement at the company. She has also served as interim CEO for Ginger Hotels in 2015 for a short period.
Nikhil currently handles Operations, Growth portfolio and the digital & consumer loyalty vision of Ginger Hotels . He has been instrumental in driving the Ginger assurance of Safety, Cleanliness, Bed, Bath, Breakfast, Broadband.
Nikhil's journey into hospitality began as a Hotel Operations Management Trainee at Taj Palace, New Delhi, post which he joined the Marriott pre-opening team in Mumbai and subsequently worked with Inter Continental Hotels before embarking on an entrepreneurial journey at Lemon Tree Hotels as the first Hotel Manager of that group. He played a strong role in developing diverse aspects of the business from Operations, Brand Development, Learning & Development to leading the Employees with Disability initiative, recognized by a National Award from the President of India.
Nikhil holds a Diploma in Hotel Management from the Institute Of Hotel Management, Pusa, New Delhi and a certification from Cornell University School of Hotel Administration. He has served as Chair and Convener for Skills and Entrepreneurship, Confederation of Indian Industry, Delhi State Council and is on the Steering committee of Confederation of Indian Industry - Maharashtra State tourism council . He is a Delegate for Australia India Youth Dialogue
Tarun Sathya Lakhanpal
Tarun Sathya Lakhanpal
Tarun is responsible for Sales, Electronic Distribution and Revenue Management for Ginger Hotels.
Tarun's journey into hospitality started with Best Western Hotels before moving as a Management Trainee to Jaypee Hotels. He later joined Nikko Hotels as their first Revenue Manager in India before moving on to lead the revenue management, social media and loyalty strategy for Lemon Tree Hotels. His last assignment was as Vice President, Revenue Management & Electronic Marketing at Royal Orchid Hotels, based in Bangalore.
Tarun has studied Revenue Management & Dynamic Pricing and Quantitative Data Analytics and its Application in Business & Marketing at IIM Ahmedabad. He has certification in Advanced Hospitality Revenue Management - Pricing & Demand Strategies from Cornell University School of Hotel Management. Tarun also has certification in Digital Marketing from Internet & Mobile Association of India (IAMAI).
Tarun has represented the industry at various professional platforms and shared experiences at Eye For Travel, Travel Distribution Summit (Singapore, India), Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI), Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and International Conference on Travel Technology (ICTT).
Mr. Sanjay Arora joins us as Head - Finance and shall be responsible for the Finance and Procurement functions, in addition he shall also oversee the Legal function.He has over 25 years of varied experience in the Finance domain and has handled multiple portfolios of Finance, Accounts, Materials and the IT function as the Financial Controller in various Hotels with reputed companies such as Oberoi Hotels and Resorts, Shangri-La Hotels and Radisson Hotels. Apart from heading Hotel Finance his experience has also included Hotel Opening, an International Hotel exposure, Legal and Projects.
In his last role as ED and VP Finance of the MBD Group, he was heading the Hospitality Division and Corporate Finance Functions. This included Hotel Owning and Management companies of two Radisson Blu Hotels, Malls, Food Courts, Hotel Project, various other companies/entities owning Real Estate and a Charitable Trust. He was also ED and VP Finance for a Joint Venture Company of the MBD Group with a leading foreign Hospitality Company. He oversaw the legal function and managed the international ventures of the Group.