The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) Announces Three New Appointments
Mumbai, December 27, 2018: The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) today announced the appointment of Urban Denk as Senior Vice President, Food & Beverage; Sarabjeet Singh as Head of IHCL’s new brand, Expressions and Pankaj Sampat as Area Director - Sri Lanka, Maldives & Malaysia & Head – Taj Asia Limited (TAL) and Taj Safaris Limited (TSL).
Chef Denk will be instrumental in shaping the Food & Beverage philosophy for IHCL. He is an accomplished culinary expert with over three decades of global experience from across Europe, Middle East and Africa. He is fluent in German, English, French and Dutch. Over the course of his career, he has managed the opening of more than 200 hotels and conference centres world over and has worked with organizations such as Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, SAS International Hotels and Hilton International to name a few. Chef Denk comes from Steigenberger Hotels and Resorts, where he was Director of Culinary Innovations and Development.
Sarabjeet Singh will head IHCL’s new brand, Expressions which comprises its service retail portfolio. He will provide leadership for businesses of The Chambers, Taj Khazana, Jiva and the Company’s signature restaurants. Sarabjeet is a seasoned hotelier and his association with IHCL spans over three decades. In his earlier stint, he was Area Director, Sri Lanka, Maldives & Malaysia and Director on the board of TAL Lanka Hotels PLC & TAL Maldives Resorts Private Limited. Sarabjeet has been General Manager of some of Taj’s most iconic hotels including Taj Palace, New Delhi, Taj Krishna, Hyderabad and Taj Samudra, Colombo. In addition to the role of General Manager, Taj Krishna, Hyderabad, he was also the Director – Operations for TAJ GVK hotels.
Pankaj Sampat launched and positioned the new Taj Santacruz, Mumbai when he was the General Manager of the hotel. Prior to that he was the General Manager at Vivanta President. He joined IHCL in 1993 at The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai. Over the years, he has held multiple roles in the hotel’s Food & Beverage function. Whilst managing his new role, Pankaj will also additionally continue to carry out his responsibility as Center of Excellence (COE) lead for Food & Beverage Concepts.
About The Indian Hotels Company Limited
The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) and its subsidiaries, bring together a group of brands and businesses that offer a fusion of warm Indian hospitality and world-class service. These include Taj – the hallmark of iconic hospitality, Vivanta with its collection of sophisticated upscale hotels, and Ginger which is revolutionizing the lean luxury segment.
Incorporated by the founder of the Tata Group, Jamsetji Tata, the Company opened its first hotel - The Taj Mahal Palace, in Bombay in 1903. IHCL operates 170 hotels including 25 under development globally across 4 continents, 12 countries and in over 80 locations.
The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) is amongst South Asia’s largest Indian hospitality company by market capitalization. It is primarily listed on the BSE and NSE.