Hospitality Leader fact sheet

Puneet Chhatwal


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Chief Executive Officer

Puneet Chhatwal became CEO of Indian Hotels Group (Taj Hotels) in 2017.

Puneet Chhatwal decided to return to India, his home country where he took his first steps in the hotel business. He is now the current CEO of the Indian Hotels Group (Taj Hotels), the Tata Group's hotel industry.

After gaining valuable insights and experience in hotel consulting and project development, Chhatwal joined Carlson Hotels Worldwide in 1998, where he was responsible for the development of the group's brands in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Since 2002, he has been responsible for Corporate Business Development at the Rezidor Hotel Group in Brussels. As Chief Development Officer (CDO) he became a member of the Executive Committee in 2007.

From 2007 to 2013, he was in charge of developing the Rezidor Hotel Group at Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, with the title of Executive Vice President. During his tenure at Rezidor, the group grew from 150 to the current level of 435 hotels, with brands such as Radisson Blu, Park Inn by Radisson, Hotel Missoni and Regent.

Between 2013 and 2017, he held the position of Chief Executive Officer of Deutsche Hospitality.

Having completed a Bachelor's Degree at the University of Delhi and a diploma in Food Service and Hotel Management, Chhatwal started his career with the India Tourism Development Corporation. After several operational positions in India, he studied at IMHI (ESSEC), Paris and earned a Master's Degree in 1991 in International Hospitality Management. In 2012, he completed the Advanced Management Program (AMP) at INSEAD Business School in Fontainebleau. Chhatwal is a Fellow of the Institute of Hospitality (FIH).

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