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The Leela Palaces, Hotels & Resorts
Names Rajiv Kaul as President


MUMBAI, India, March 5, 2010 – One of India’s most renowned luxury hotel groups, The Leela Palaces, Hotels & Resorts has named Rajiv Kaul as President.  He will be responsible for spearheading the group’s expansion with new hotels opening in New Delhi in 2010 and in Chennai in 2011.

A seasoned hotelier with more than 30 years experience, Kaul has held executive positions at India’s three leading hotel companies.  He joined The Leela Group in March 2006 as Senior Vice President.  In that role, he was responsible for its six luxury properties: The Leela Mumbai; The Leela Palace Bangalore; The Leela Kovalam Beach (Kerala); The Leela Goa, The Leela Gurgaon and The Leela Palace Udaipur.  He was also charged with the planning of The Leela Palace, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi and The Leela Palace, Chennai. 

Prior to joining The Leela, he held senior positions with Taj Hotels including Vice President of the Taj Mumbai and General Manager of the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower.  He began his career in the hospitality industry with the Oberoi Hotels and Resorts in 1978 and rose to Vice President of Oberoi Hotels Egypt.

Welcoming the appointment, Vivek Nair, Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Hotel Leela Venture Ltd, said, “Rajiv is an accomplished hotelier and has been consistently setting new standards for excellence at The Leela over the past four years.  At a time when the Group is expanding to nearly twice the existing inventory of guestrooms, we are very pleased to have him as the President,” continued Nair.

Commenting on his appointment, Kaul said, “We are in an exponential growth phase and I am delighted to lead our talented and motivated team to consolidate Leela as a premier luxury brand.”

About Hotel Leelaventure Limited:
Hotel Leelaventure Ltd. operates The Leela Palaces, Hotels & Resorts in Mumbai, Bangalore, Goa, Kovalam (Kerala), Gurgaon and Udaipur. Located in key business and leisure destinations, The Leela is a blend of aesthetic sensibility, modern amenities and truly reflects the essence of India. New hotels will soon open in New Delhi (2010) and Chennai (2011); with plans to develop hotels in Agra, Hyderabad, Pune and Lake Ashtamudi in Kerala. The group has marketing alliances with Germany based Kempinski (Hoteliers since 1897); US based Preferred Hotel Group and are members of Global Hotel Alliance based in Geneva, Switzerland.

For further information, please visit www.theleela.com.

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Contact: 

Meredith Pillon
212-289-1627 – tel
meredithpillon@mpmcus.com

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Also See: Leela Hotels, Palaces & Resorts Investing $300 million in Three New Indian Hotel Properties; Opens the 322 room Leela Kempinski Gurgaon, Delhi N.C.R, India / April 2009
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