Born on April 30, 1967, Priya Paul is a distinguished Indian businesswoman best known for her role as the Chairperson of Apeejay Surrendra Park Hotels.
Her visionary leadership has greatly contributed to the success of The Park Hotels chain, making it a hallmark of luxury and hospitality in India.
Priya Paul's journey in the world of business began with her academic pursuits. After completing her studies at Wellesley College in the United States, she returned to her home country, India.
Eager to immerse herself in the world of business, she joined her family's business empire, the Apeejay Surrendra Group, working at The Park, New Delhi. Her early experience provided her with a strong foundation in marketing and management.
Under the guidance of her father, Priya Paul assumed the role of Marketing Manager at The Park New Delhi at the young age of 21. Her dedication and keen business acumen did not go unnoticed.
Tragically, after the passing of her father, Surrendra Paul, in 1990, Priya Paul was entrusted with the responsibility of leading the hospitality division of the Apeejay Surrendra Group.
This transition marked the beginning of a new era for The Park Hotels. Priya Paul's leadership injected fresh ideas, innovation, and a relentless pursuit of excellence into the business.
The Park Hotels became renowned for their commitment to providing guests with exceptional luxury experiences, blending modern amenities with an Indian touch of warmth and hospitality.
Priya Paul hails from a family with a rich history in business. Initially involved in steel trading, manufacturing, and production, the family business eventually expanded into the shipping industry.
Surrendra Paul, her father, played a pivotal role in diversifying the business portfolio, venturing into hospitality, tea production, real estate, finance, and logistics, among other sectors.
Today, the Apeejay Surrendra Group continues to flourish under the joint leadership of Priya Paul, her brother, and her sister.
Priya Paul's outstanding contributions to the Indian hospitality industry have been recognised with numerous accolades, including:
Young Entrepreneur of the Year award (1999–2000) by The Federation of Hotels and Restaurants Association of India.
Nomination as Businessperson of the Year (2002–2003) at The Economic Times Awards.
The prestigious Padma Shri award, conferred by the Government of India on the eve of Republic Day in January 2012, in recognition of her significant contributions to the field of business and hospitality.
Priya Paul's leadership has played a pivotal role in shaping the success and reputation of The Park Hotels. Today, the chain stands as a testament to her unwavering dedication to providing an unparalleled guest experience.
With an emphasis on innovation, modernisation, and a deep respect for Indian culture and heritage, Priya Paul continues to set high standards in the hospitality industry.
As a dynamic leader in the world of hospitality, she serves as an inspiration to aspiring entrepreneurs, particularly women, proving that determination, vision, and passion can lead to remarkable success.
Under her guidance, The Park Hotels remains a symbol of elegance and luxury, with a bright future ahead in the Indian and global hospitality landscape.