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New Delhi, 27 Mar, 2015: Amruda has hotels and hospitality in her DNA. From her grandfather, the late Captain C.P. Krishnan Nair, founder of The Leela Group, she inherited a maverick streak and an eye for trailblazing business opportunities. An Economics graduate she went on to gain qualifications in Hospitality Management from CHN University in The Netherlands and a master’s degree from the world's leading hotel school, Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration in New York, which included exposure to Asian markets through the Nanyang Business School, in Singapore.

After a stint with Mandarin Oriental New York, Amruda worked for Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels (JLLH). Based in Singapore she joined the firm as a full-time analyst on the hospitality brokerage team and was involved in investment sales mandates across the region including Indonesia, Japan, China, India and Thailand. In 2008, Amruda joined the corporate advisory division of JLLH where she acted as an owner’s representative managing three trading assets in Singapore and Shanghai, for properties operated by IHG, Fairmont and Starwood. She also conducted pre-opening budget reviews, management contract negotiations and mystery guest audits for properties in Bali, Bangkok, Hong Kong and Beijing.

Returning to India she served as head of Asset Management for Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts during a period of major growth, which included the opening of new properties in Gurgaon, Udaipur, Delhi and Chennai and an increase in room inventory under management to more than 2,200 guest rooms. In this role, Amruda was responsible for conducting financial reviews for the luxury group’s eight g properties, reviewing pre-opening budgets for upcoming projects and annual business plans.

As joint managing director and chief executive officer of Aiana, Amruda brings a global perspective and experience gained with leading international hospitality brands. She is responsible for designing the brand’s signature programming as well as spearheading the company’s overall business development to create a unique proposition that will define the next wave of smart hospitality.CCI Newswire

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