Minor Hotels appoints Puneet Dhawan as Head of Asia

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Minor Hotels appoints Puneet Dhawan as Head of Asia as the group expands in Asia and India. Dhawan will be responsible for the performance of all Minor Hotels properties in Asia, working in close collaboration with the Minor Hotels senior leadership team. He will be based in the group’s Bangkok Corporate Office when he joins Minor Hotels in July.

Dhawan, a seasoned professional with over 3 decades of experience in hospitality spanning Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, brings a wealth of experience to his new role. His most recent role as Senior Vice President of Operations at India & South Asia at Accor, saw him lead the group’s business development, owner management, hotel operations and commercial team, driving Accor’s growth in the region. 

He also oversaw the opening of the first Raffles hotel in India. His 25 year tenure at Accor also included time as the group’s Vice President of Operations, Middle East, and several General Manager roles. Dhawan’s journey in the hospitality industry began with the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, where he held positions at its properties in the Philippines and Hong Kong.

Dillip Rajakarier, the CEO of Minor Hotels and Group CEO of Minor International, commented, “We are excited to welcome Puneet to the Minor Hotels family. His operational experience and empowering leadership will be invaluable as we work to achieve our growth ambitions in Asia and India in the coming years.”