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At the helm of The Claridges Hotels & Resorts — India

Monday, November 7th, 2011
peter j. leitgeb

Life just goes on and with absolutely no regrets for this man with continental experiences. Mr. Peter Leitgeb currently serving as the president and CEO of Claridges Hotels & Resorts has 30 years experience in the hospitality industry. He comes with a diverse experience of holding senior management positions with some of the leading global hospitality brands. He is one of the few industry professionals with senior management experience both in India and overseas. Born in Austria, he has worked in Berlin, Frankfurt, Dallas, Budapest and now in Delhi Peter J. Leitgeb is married to a Japanese and had two children.

Says Peter, “I have run great hotels and hotel companies from Dallas to Hong Kong to Berlin, but nothing has excited me more than the opportunity to build a great luxury hotel group in India.” When asked why he chose to continue in India for one more stint, Peter simply said “I love India. Also, the opportunity to build a premium hotel group was too good to pass up.”

In his capacity as President & CEO of The Claridges Hotels & Resorts, Peter oversees the expansion plans of the group, along with the repositioning of The Claridges, New Delhi. The Claridges, which has been a landmark in Lutyens Delhi, is being repositioned as a boutique hotel. The hotel will compare itself with leading hotels to build service and operational excellence to cater to guests who expect the very best. The year 2009 witnessed the group unveil The Claridges, Surajkund, a 287 room five star hotel in NCR. With its aesthetically pleasing interiors and state-of-the-art conference and business facilities, The Claridges, Surajkund will cater to corporates, the MICE segment, and leisure travelers.

The group, which will soon open The Claridges Bharatpur Palace in 2013/2014, is focused on expansion and is also exploring opportunities to operate and manage hotels in Mumbai. On the international front the group is hopeful the Colombo talks result in a suitable place for their expansion into the Sri Lankan market, and that it succeeds in finding suitable property in Dubai.

Peter’s last assignment was as President of The Leela Palaces & Resorts, associated with Kempinski Hotels S.A.

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