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Management

Mr. Raymond Bickson
Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Anil P. Goel
Executive Director - Finance
Mr. Abhijit Mukerji
Executive Director - Hotel Operations
Mr. Mehernosh S. Kapadia
Executive Director - Corporate Affairs
Ms. Deepa Misra Harris
Sr. Vice President, Sales and Marketing
Mr. Veer Vijay Singh
Chief Operating Officer - Upper Upscale Hotels
Mr. Prabhat Verma
Chief Operating Officer - The Gateway Hotels & Resorts
Ms. Jyoti Narang
Chief Operating Officer - Luxury Division
Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces
Mr. Uday Narain
Vice President - Strategy
Mr. Beejal Desai
Vice President - Legal & Company Secretary
 

Mr. Raymond Bickson
Mr. Raymond Bickson
Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer
Raymond Bickson's experience in hospitality spans thirty years and four continents. In January 2003, Mr. Bickson moved to India and joined the Board as Executive Director & Chief Operating Officer of Taj Luxury Hotels, overseeing the operations of all luxury properties and playing a key role in the global expansion and development of future hotels. He assumed the role as Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of The Indian Hotels Company Limited in July 2003.
Mr. Bickson brings extensive international hotel experience to the Taj Group in operations and management. He most recently served fifteen years as the Vice President & General Manager of The Mark in New York for The Rafael Group Hoteliers Monaco and with the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group. His career includes a variety of management assignments for over ten years with Regent International Hotels in New York, Chicago, Dallas, Puerto Rico, Melbourne and Shanghai, as well as training at some of the world's most renowned hotels as the Hotel Plaza Athenee Paris, Le Montreux Palace Switzerland and the Kahala Hilton Hawaii.
An American national, Mr. Bickson attended the École Hôtelière Lausanne in Switzerland and Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School. He was voted one of the Top 10 Best Hotel Managers by Leaders Magazine from 1997-2002. Mr. Bickson is a Member of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF) and is an advisory board member of The Leading Hotels of The World (LHW), Cornell Hotel School Centre for Hospitality Research and Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne in Switzerland.

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Mr. Anil P. Goel
Mr. Anil P. Goel
Executive Director - Finance
Anil Goel is charged with the task of overseeing the Taj Group's Finance, Mergers and Acquisitions, Purchase and Legal & Secretarial functions. With over 28 years of experience in the Tata Group in various financial roles, including Chief Financial Officer of Tata Tea, he brings a unique understanding of fiscal responsibility to Taj. Anil is also a Non-Executive Director in Taj GVK Limited, amongst others.
Anil graduated in Honors from Shri Ram College of Commerce in Delhi and is a Chartered Accountant.

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Mr. Abhijit Mukerji
Mr. Abhijit Mukerji
Executive Director - Hotel Operations
Abhijit Mukerji oversees hotel operations of Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces, which includes Taj Luxury Hotels and Resorts, Vivanta by Taj Hotels and Resorts, The Gateway Hotels and Resorts, Taj Spas, Taj Trade and Transport and Inditravels.
A career hotelier, Mr. Mukerji has spent many years as a General Manager and run several hotels that have won international acclaim. He has thirty years of experience in the hospitality industry, the Taj and the Tata Group.
He has completed the graduate course of study in hotel administration from Institut de Management Hotelier International founded and administered jointly by Cornell University School of Hotel Administration and the Ecole Superieure des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales, France (CORNELL-ESSEC) and has completed The General Manager Program from the Harvard Business School. Further, Mr. Mukerji is a Certified Hotel Administrator (1999-2004) from the Educational Institute of the American Hotel and Motel Association.
He joined the Board of The Indian Hotels Company Limited in 2008 and is also on the Board of several group companies such as PIEM Hotels Limited, United Hotels Limited, TRIL Infopark Limited etc.. He is also a Trustee of Taj Public Service Welfare Trust and Coordinator, Board Of Governors of The Institute of Hotel Management Aurangabad.

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Mr. Mehernosh S. Kapadia
Mr. Mehernosh S. Kapadia
Executive Director - Corporate Affairs
Mr. Mehernosh S. Kapadia holds a Diploma in Travel management and has served the Taj Group of hotels in a variety of managerial positions. He has considerable experience of over 31 years in handling various issues with the Central and State Governments and Municipal Authorities.
He is also the Chairman of Taj Air Ltd and holds Directorships in Taj SATS Air Catering Limited, Tata Realty & Infrastructure Limited and Ewart Investments Limited.

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Ms. Deepa Misra Harris
Ms. Deepa Misra Harris
Sr. Vice President, Sales and Marketing
Deepa Misra Harris, Senior Vice President - Sales & Marketing, successfully leads and enhances critical sales and marketing initiatives in India and abroad for the Taj Group of hotels.
Deepa oversees the sales and marketing function for Taj Group of hotels worldwide encompassing the worldwide sales force, distribution, central reservations, brand marketing, public relations, social media, marketing communications and advertising. She has spent 28 years with Taj Group and was Vice President Marketing prior to taking on this role in December 2011. She is the only specialist to have served separately as Vice President Sales and Vice President Marketing before taking the lead job to oversee both functions. She has worked across most markets in India and abroad and has played an integral role in the growth of Taj, including the recent Brand Architecture exercise and the roll-out of the new Vivanta by Taj and Gateway brands.
She is also on the board of several group companies such as Taj GVK Hotels and Resorts Limited and PIEM Hotels Limited and others as well. She also represents Taj in various industry organizations such as Hotel Association of India, Experience India Society and Marketing advisory board of Leading Hotels of the World amongst many others.
She holds a graduation degree in English from Delhi University's Lady Sriram college, one of India's top colleges along with a masters degree in English and also Mass Communications.

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Mr. Veer Vijay Singh
Mr. Veer Vijay Singh
Chief Operating Officer - Upper Upscale Hotels
As the Chief Operating Officer of the Taj Group-Upper Upscale Hotels, Veer Vijay Singh is responsible for the Operations and Overall Performance of 36 hotels in 26 locations spread across seven (7) countries.
In a career span of 33 years with the Taj, he has had a wide experience in Food & Beverage Operations and has been a General Manager for over 17 years at Taj Hotels in Hyderabad, Calcutta & Sri Lanka. Prior to this assignment Veer Vijay was the Director Operations of TAJGVK hotels & Resorts Pvt. Ltd and General Manager of Taj Krishna. During his tenure he has been responsible for the growth & expansion of TAJGVK Hotels in Chandigarh, Chennai & Hyderabad.
He has graduated from IHMCT&N, New Delhi and he had the opportunity of further honing his skills by attending training programmes conducted by CORNELL/N.U.S- Singapore, INSEAD & Harvard. Veer Vijay has played a stellar role in promoting tourism in the State of Andhra Pradesh as he has been the President of Hotels & Restaurants Association of A.P for 6 terms and has been Director with A.P.Tourism Development Corporation, Institute of Hotel Management, National Institute of Tourism and Hospitality Management, Convener for Tourism Promotion in CII - AP Chapter, Vice President - SIHRA & Executive Committee member of FHRAI.
His values, passion & loyalty towards his work and his Forte of building relationships, makes him who he is today.

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Mr. Prabhat Verma
Mr. Prabhat Verma
Chief Operating Officer - The Gateway Hotels & Resorts
Mr. Prabhat Verma, a hotel management graduate from IHMCTAN, Kolkata joined Taj group in the year 1990 as a Management Trainee and has held key positions like General Manager of Taj Malabar, Cochin, and Taj Coromandel, Chennai. He was re-located as Hotel Manager to Crowne Plaza, St. James Court and 51 Buckingham Gate, the London properties of the Taj. He subsequently took over as General Manager - Crowne Plaza, St. James and 51 Buckingham gate, London.
Mr. Verma has won numerous industry accolades including Young General Manager of the Year 2005, 5 Star Deluxe category by FHRAI and the 'International Cooperation between the UK and India Award' (2012) by Asian Voice.
Currently, he is the Chief Operating Officer of The Gateway Hotels of the Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces and is responsible for the operations and performance of 24 properties in India.

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Ms. Jyoti Narang
Ms. Jyoti Narang
Chief Operating Officer - Luxury Division
Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces
Jyoti Narang began her career with the Taj group in 1982 and has since handled a variety of portfolios across the chain, from sales and marketing to operations. She is currently the Chief Operating Officer of the Luxury Division of Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces and is in charge of the overall performance and expansion of the division.
Jyoti started off as a sales executive (in Sales) with Taj Hotels in Delhi and was part of the launch of Taj Palace, New Delhi. In 1996, she took charge of marketing for the entire Taj Group of Hotels before moving into operations in 2003. Seeing an opportunity in business tourism on the back of a growing economy, Jyoti developed the concept of 'Urban Revival' for the new age Business Hotels for Taj. She served as the Chief Operating Officer of Taj Business Hotels for India and abroad in 2003. She then moved on to manage the operations of Taj Leisure Hotels in 2006. As the Chief Operating officer of this division, she was instrumental in pioneering the launch of Taj Safaris a unique concept which offers adventure enthusiasts a distinctive, interpretive wildlife experience.
In 2008, Jyoti was appointed as the Chief Operating Officer of The Gateway Hotels, the new upscale brand of the Taj, and was actively involved in developing the concept and launching the brand with an aim to be present in all economic and commercial hubs in India. The brand is a first of its kind and was created to cater to the needs of the modern contemporary traveller.
Jyoti obtained her B.A. in Economics from Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi and went on to complete her M.B.A in Finance from the Faculty of Management in Delhi. She has attended the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School and other management programmes from reputed institutes like the Wharton School of Management and the International Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland.

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Mr. Uday Narain
Mr. Uday Narain
Vice President - Strategy
Uday has a varied and diverse experience across functions in the Tata Group and especially in the Taj. He has spent 16 years with the Taj across functions including Projects, Development, General Administration and Operations. He was the Chief Operating Officer for Ginger Hotels, after which he was based in New York, responsible for Development and Projects for Taj in The Americas.
His last assignment with the Tata Group was with Tata Realty & Infrastructure Ltd (TRIL) where he was Vice President - Real Estate & Hospitality, responsible for development in the Real Estate vertical, program management of hospitality projects, and overseeing the operations of some assets under the Real Estate vertical of TRIL.
Uday has a Bachelor's degree in Economics from St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi and holds a PGDM from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta. He is a member of the Tata Administrative Service (TAS)

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Mr. Beejal Desai
Mr. Beejal Desai
Vice President - Legal & Company Secretary
Mr. Desai has over 26 years of experience in the field of Legal & Secretarial. He is an FCS from the Institute of Company Secretaries of India and LLB (Gen) from Mumbai University and has also done his DCM from NMIMS.
He has varied experience in organizations like Pharma Fill Ltd, Unique Pharma Lab. Ltd, J. L Morrison (I) Ltd and J B Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals Ltd. He was last associated with Bharat Forge Ltd.