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Puneet Chhatwal leaves Deutsche Hospitality to lead Indian Hotels

Puneet Chhatwal, CEO of Steigenberger Hotels AG/Deutsche Hospitality since 2013, leaves his position to become the new CEO of Indian Hotels Company (Taj Hotels). For now, no successor has been chosen.

Five years have passed since Puneet Chhatwal was appointed CEO of the German hotel group Deutsche Hospitality. It was just announced that its leader would leave his position to return to India, where he took his first steps in the hospitality business: : he was indeed appointed CEO of Indian Hotels Company, a subsidiary of the giant conglomerate Tata Group. Rakesh Sarna, current CEO of the Indian hotelier, had resigned from his position in June, to assume his duties until the end of September.

Since 2013, Puneet Chhatwal has contributed to the expansion of the German hotelier's portfolio, which includes 100 properties and more than 20,000 rooms as of January 1, 2017, according to data published by Hospitality ON. In addition, on behalf of the entire group, he was awarded the Grand Prix during the latest edition of the Worldwide Hospitality Awards, in 2016.

In its press release, the German group thanked the former CEO "for his achievements for the company and wishe[d] him all the best for his new challenge." Before joining Steigenberger Hotels, he had worked in various leading positions at Carlson-Rezidor. The group also announced that Puneet Chhatwal's successor would be announced "in due time".

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