Management

Dr. Jyotsna Suri

Chairperson & Managing Director
Bharat Hotels Limited

Dr. Jyotsna Suri has been associated with Bharat Hotels since its inception. In the year 1989, she became the Group’s Joint Managing Director. In 2006, she took on the mantle of Chairperson & Managing Director and since then, has been the driving force of the Group’s operations.

On November 19, 2008, Dr. Suri charted a highly successful brand change for the company. All luxury hotels now fly ‘THE LALIT’ flag under The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group, as a tribute to the company’s Founder Chairman Mr. Lalit Suri.

Under her stewardship, The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group became one of the leading privately-owned domestic hotel brands in India, engaged in the business of operating and managing hotels, palaces and resorts, with a focus on the luxury segment. The Group operates 12 luxury hotels, palaces and resorts under The LaLiT brand and two mid-segment hotels under The LaLiT Traveller brand across India’s key business and leisure travel destinations, offering 2,261 rooms, In addition, we hold the exclusive rights to operate and provide management consultancy services to a hotel in London, The LaLiT London, offering 70 rooms.

A multifaceted personality, Dr. Suri is a patron of art, culture, sports and education. Her social initiative Project Disha, being implemented under the CSR policy of Bharat Hotels, assists school students and local youth have access to ‘quality education leading to employment’. The area of intervention includes establishment of a Library, supplementary teaching and providing employment oriented vocational training in the hospitality sector including computer literacy, personality development, spoken English courses & other skills. These centres are currently operating at three locations across India – Khajuraho, Udaipur & Bekal.

Other trusts that she has been working closely with, are The Subros Education Society, SAVERA (a body doing work for the underprivileged), 24/7 Women’s Security (focuses on women safety & training), SEEDS (skills training and education for the needy), KHUSHI, The Blind School and The Spastic Society.

Dr. Suri holds various portfolios with Industry Associations – Past President FICCI; Chairperson of FICCI Tourism Committee; Chairperson, Creative Industries Committee, FICCI; Executive Member of HAI; Council Member of World Travel & Tourism Council, India Initiative; Member of Board of Governors for National Council for Hotel Management and Catering Technology and Member of Board of Governors of Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs.

Under her direction, FICCI introduced ‘The Great Indian Travel Bazaar’ in the year 2008 and ‘The Great Domestic Tourism Bazaar’ in the year 2011 – which have been greatly appreciated by buyers and sellers alike. These conclaves today are keenly awaited events in the annual calendar of travel and tourism fraternity.

“We develop destinations and not just hotels”- Jyotsna Suri

Dr. Jyotsna Suri’s vision of ‘Developing Destinations and not just hotels’ reflects the Group’s successful intervention in Kashmir, Khajuraho, Bekal (Kerala), Udaipur, Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai, Goa, Jaipur and Chandigarh has created an awakening of the cultural richness of these destinations amongst the local population. It is the people at the destinations that account for the success of the Group’s hotels and therefore the initiatives involve the local population, their handicrafts, culture, food, thereby giving them training and employment to boost the economic environment. The people of these regions have come forward with great enthusiasm and The Lalit is now a successful catalyst for cultural rejuvenation and energy in those regions. Through Dr. Suri’s vision, the Group has been able to revive interest in these destinations in the Domestic Tourism Markets.

Dr. Suri feels that economic benefits of tourism will bring peace and prosperity to the region as it acts as an economic multiplier; giving jobs and livelihood to many.

Awards & Recognitions:

During her tenure as the CMD of Bharat Hotels, Dr. Jyotsna Suri has received several recognition for her contribution to tourism, including:

1. Listed amongst 100 UK India Most Influential in UK-India Relations by India Inc. in London (2019)
2. Business Today Most Powerful Women in Indian Business (2018)
3. Listed amongst 100 UK India Most Influential in UK-India Relations by India Inc. in London (2018)
4. Listed amongst the Top 50 Power Women in India by Harper’s Bazar (2018)
5. TAAI Leadership Award (2018)
6. PHD Chamber Outstanding Business Woman of the Year Award (2016)
7. Woman Entrepreneur of the Decade InWena Awards (2016)
8. Amity Corporate Excellence Award for Social and Industry Leadership (2015)
9. Most Powerful Women in Indian Business by Business Today (2015)
10. DEVI Award for Dynamism & Innovation by The New Indian Express Group (2014)
11. Gallery of Legends – India Travel Award (Northern India) (2014)
12. Travel & Hospitality Award for ‘Most Powerful Woman in the Industry’ (2014)
13. Listed amongst the Top 50 Business Power Women in Asia by Forbes Asia (2014)
14. Listed amongst the Top 50 Power women in India by Verve magazine (2014)
15. Listed amongst the Top 20 Power Women in India by Femina magazine (2014)
16. Asia’s Leading Woman in Hospitality Award at the Women in Leadership (WIL) Asia Awards (2012)
17. Listed amongst the 25 Most Powerful Women in Business (2011 & 2012) and amongst the 20 Most Powerful Women in India (2009) by Business Today
18. World Travel Market Global Award (2011) – the only woman to receive the award
19. IATO Hall of Fame Award (2012) and Award during 23rd IATO Annual Convention (2007)
20. Honorary Degree of ‘Doctor of Laws’ from the University of Warwick UK for her contribution to tourism
21. Rotary Shreyas Awards 2012-13 for redefining the standards of Hospitality and Tourism industry
22. ADTOI Award 2011 for being the ‘crusader’ of Domestic Tourism
23. Rotary Club of Delhi 2011 – Lifetime Achievement Award for Vocational Excellence
24. Award from SPIC MACAY for being an ardent patron of art and culture
25. The Most Popular Woman in the Travel industry voted by TravTalk readers 2012
26. Human Achievers Foundation Award 2012
27. The Spa Personality of the Year by GeoSpa Asia Spa Awards 2011

Ms. Divya Suri Singh

Executive Director
The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group

Ms. Divya Suri Singh is the eldest daughter of Dr. Jyotsna Suri, Chairperson & Managing Director of The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group and Mr. Lalit Suri, The Founder Chairman of the company. In 2009, she took upon the mantle of Executive Director (ED) at the Group.

She spearheads the key verticals of Legal & Company Affairs across the 14 operational properties, in India and 1 in London, UK.

Ms. Singh infuses a new dimension and enthusiasm to the Group’s core management team. She is actively involved in providing strategic direction and implementation of key legal processes that relate to negotiations and commercial settlement agreements. She is also focused on strengthening the legal framework of the Group by crafting business strategy and decision-making processes. She also acts as a mentor to key legal department personnel, encouraging their professional growth and grooming them. Besides spearheading the legal cell, she also heads the Procurement function for the group. Since taking over the portfolio she has been instrumental in streamlining the Corporate Purchase department leading to substantial savings for the group.

A multi-faceted personality, she spearheads The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group’s initiative of ‘Developing Destinations and not just Hotels’, to popularize destinations and thereby boost tourism. Under her guidance the group has been organizing highly successful annual events like Polo Tournament in Drass, Ice Hockey in Leh, Shikarathon in Srinagar, The Lalit Arts Festival in Khajuraho, Kabaddi Tournament in Bekal.

An alumna of Convent of Jesus & Mary, New Delhi, Ms. Divya Suri Singh graduated in Commerce from the prestigious Shriram College of Commerce, Delhi University and further went on to pursue her Bachelor of Law (LLB) from Kings College London in 1998. She trained under and then subsequently worked with established lawyers – Arun Jaitley and Mukul Rohtagi for over 8 years.

She is a member of The Delhi High Court Bar Association and was the Chairperson of The Young FICCI Ladies Organization (YFLO) 2012- 2013. Since 2014 she is a Member of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO).

Ms. Deeksha Suri

Executive Director
The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group

Ms. Deeksha Suri is the youngest daughter of Dr. Jyotsna Suri, Chairperson & Managing Director of The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group and Mr. Lalit Suri, The Founder Chairman of the company. In 2009, she took upon the mantle of Executive Director (ED) at the Group.

She spearheads the key verticals of Sales & Revenue Optimisation, Human Relations, People Management and Learning & Development for the Group.  Apart from this, she also heads the Internal Audit functions across the 14 operational properties, in India and 1 in London, UK.

Ms. Suri infuses a fresh perspective and energy to the Group’s core management team. She is actively involved in strategic sales plans to achieve overall business objectives. She leads the implementation and execution of policies and processes for operational excellence.

She is focused on efficiency maximization by crafting an employee value proposition that is reflective in brand promise. By effectively charting plans for organisational development and initiatives taken for employee relations, she has made The LaLiT – the most preferred employer. Her strategy is focused on internal resources and customer satisfaction. With her keen insight she is instrumental in providing a new dimension to learning and development programs that lead to the company’s goal of limitless hospitality.

She has diligently worked on diversity and inclusion policies for the Group. As a woman leader who has taken the business forward by leaps and bounds in the last decade, she is a role model for the younger generation.

Ms. Suri attributes her success to being able to constantly reinvent herself and find new challenges that’s fulfilling. It is her belief that results come from doing the basics right every time, day after day, month on month. She has the ability to remain patient while being result oriented and navigate through challenges maintaining a positive outlook.

Ms. Suri is an alumnus of the Convent of Jesus & Mary, New Delhi. In 2000, she graduated with a first-class Bachelors of Commerce (Honours) degree from the prestigious Hindu College, Delhi University. She holds a Post Graduate Degree in Business Management from the London School of Economics.

Prior to joining the family business in 2009, Ms. Suri gained invaluable experience as a Business Consultant with the Hay Group. She spent over two years working extensively on strategy and operational issues with leading companies in APAC and EMEA. Besides this, she is a travel enthusiast and maintains a disciplined and challenging personal fitness regime.

Awards and Recognitions:

1. Listed amongst the ‘Blackbook Top 50 – Indian Luxury’s Most Powerful Women’ in 2017
2. Listed amongst the ’25 Most Influential Women Professionals in India’ by India Today Woman in 2012
3. Recognized amongst ‘Top Young and Successful Leaders’ by Times of India in 2012

Mr. Keshav Suri

Executive Director
The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group

Mr. Keshav Suri is the youngest Executive Director at The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group. He recognizes that hospitality brings certain opulence with it and the many dimensions to running a hotel chain. Involved in developing strategies for expansion at The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group, he specifically spearheads the chain’s Operation, Food & Beverage, Quality Management, and Marketing divisions.

He has been instrumental in effectively fulfilling various unique F&B initiatives and ideas across the Group. His brainchild, ‘Kitty Su, completed seven successful years in August 2018. It has been awarded ‘Best Night Club in India’ of the year by INCA and ‘Best Night Club’ by Times Food and Nightlife Awards.  Kitty Su is the only nightclub from India to be featured consecutively in DJ Mag under the Top 100 Best Clubs around the World for the last 3 years.  It has also been featured as Top 6 Club in the world by GQ India. After the successful venture of Kitty Su in Delhi, Mumbai, and Chandigarh markets, and Kitty KO in Bangalore, Keshav’s next step is to take Kitty Su to Kolkata.

With his dynamic and creative approach, Keshav Suri conceptualized The Lalit Food Truck Company, the hotel’s outdoor catering vertical. Under his leadership, The Group became the pioneer, in 5-star luxury hotel chains, to launch food trucks in India. The unique start was marked by Mexican cuisine. Today, the company has four Food Trucks, including a pizza truck.

An alumnus of St. Columbus School, New Delhi, Mr. Keshav Suri graduated in Law and Business from the University of Warwick. He obtained a Master’s Degree in International Management from Kings College, London followed by an LLM Degree from School of African & Oriental Studies (SAOS), London.

Uniqueness’ is a concept is in sync to this man. His out-of-the-box thinking emerges on multiple platforms at the hotel. The internal policies of inclusiveness and equality for the differently-abled and the LGBTQIA community are noteworthy for a progressive India. The Group proudly supports the policy by creating awareness within the organisation, and providing job opportunities for all. Kitty Su has hired a wheel chair bound DJ (India’s first) as its resident kitten. He is also working with NGOs like MakeLoveNotScars to help acid victims in their surgeries and offering them jobs, and tied-up with Robinhood Army to minimize food wastage and work towards eradicating hunger from our society. As an influencer, Keshav also initiates events on the guest front of hospitality, to encourage inclusiveness in a social space. He believes in responsible entrepreneurship and promotes the essence of Made in India across the Group – advocating use of Indian products. Addressing the health concerns of the society, he has taken initiatives of ‘we serve what we grow’ at The Lalit.

Having worked with several marginalized communities, he launched the #PureLove Campaign and he has rehabilitated about a 100 queer people – counseling them, skilling them, providing jobs and enabling them to live their lives with dignity. He is also one of petitioners, who filed a writ to revoke Article 377 in the Supreme Court of India.

Having taken upon the cause to build an inclusive nation, he launched his own – Keshav Suri Foundation – on October 13, 2017. The mission of this foundation is to embrace, empower and mainstream the LGBTQ Community. The Foundation is the official affiliate for It Gets Better Project in India.

1. July, 2019  – Attitude Pride Award
2. May, 2019 – Culture Icon of NewHood – Mens XP
3. March,2019 – Change Maker Awards – Businessline Change Maker Awards
4. November,2018 – Excellence Award – Condenast Traveller – Readers’ Travel Awards 2018
5. September,2018 – INCA Honour Nightlife Champion Inclusivity – India Nightlife Convention & Awards 2018
6. September,2018 – Agent of Social Change – GQ Men of the Year Awards
7. September,2018 – Forbes India Tycoons of Tomorrow – Facebook
8. August, 2018 – Best in Hospitality – Times Men of the Year Kolkata 2018
9. February, 2018 – DSSC Power Packers 2017 – Delhi Secret Supper Club
10. January, 2018 – Man of Now 2018 – Hello Magazine
11. December, 2017 – Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion – HR Value Creator Awards 2017
12. October, 2017 – 25 of Delhi’s Most Influential Entrepreneurs 2017 – ELITE Magazine
13. July, 2017 – GQ The 50 Most Influential Young Indians’ Award – GQ
14. October, 2016 – Face of the Future Award – 3rd North India Travel Awards

 

 

Board of Directors

Ramesh Suri

Non-Executive Director
The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group

Mr. Ramesh Suri is a Non-Executive Director of our Company. He has been a Director of our Company since January 22, 1981. He holds a bachelor’s degree in science from Punjab University. He was awarded the Corporate Excellence Award 2005 for ‘Best Industrialist of the Year’ by the Foundation of Indian Industry & Economists in January 2006.

 

Dr. Mohmmad Yousuf Khan

Independent Director
The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group

Dr. Mohmmad Yousuf Khan is an Independent Director of our Company. He has been on our Board since December 22, 2005 and was appointed as an Independent Director with effect from September 27, 2014. He holds a bachelor’s degree in science from the University of Jammu & Kashmir and has been conferred an honorary doctorate of philosophy in business management from Burkes University, UK. He was the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Bank Limited.

 

Vivek Mehra

Independent Director
The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group

Mr. Vivek Mehra is an Independent Director of our Company. He has been on our Board since July 21, 2017. He holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce (hons.) from the University of Delhi. He has been a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India since August 1, 1979. He has worked as a partner with Price Waterhouse Coopers Private Limited and as a tax partner, managing partner and nominal partner with P.R. Mehra & Co.

 

Dhruv Prakash

Independent Director
The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group

Mr. Dhruv Prakash is an Independent Director of our Company. He has been on our Board since July 21, 2017. He holds a bachelor’s degree in science from Meerut University, a master’s degree in science (chemistry) from Meerut University and a post-graduate diploma in business administration from the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad. He has worked with Amar Dye-Chem Limited, DCM Financial Services Limited, DCM Toyota Limited, Escorts Limited, Helion Ventures Private Limited, Hewitt Associates (India) Private Limited, Hindustan Reprographics Limited and Korn/Ferry International Private Limited.

 

Ranjan Mathai

Independent Director
The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group

Mr. Ranjan Mathai is an Independent Director of our Company. He has been on our Board since August 29, 2017. He holds a bachelor’s degree in arts (special) from Fergusson College, the University of Poona and a master of arts degree in politics from the University of Poona. He passed his civil services exam and joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1974. He was appointed the Foreign Secretary of India for two years in July 2011.

 

Shovana Narayan

Independent Director
The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group

Ms. Shovana Narayan is an Independent Director of our Company. She has been on our Board since October 16, 2017. She holds a bachelor of science degree (hons.) in physics from the University of Delhi. She holds a master’s degree in science (physics) from the University of Delhi, a master of philosophy degree in social sciences from the Panjab University and a master of philosophy degree in defence and strategic studies from the University of Madras. She has been awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 1992. She has also been conferred an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters by the Indira Kala Sangeet Vishwavidyalaya, Chattisgarh.

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