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BW Most Influential Woman Of India: Priya Paul, Director, Apeejay Surrendra Group

Priya Paul is Director of Apeejay Surrendra Group and Chairperson of Apeejay Surrendra Park Hotels. Priya Paul started her career under her father, the Late Surrendra Paul, as the Marketing Manager of The Park in New Delhi. A prominent business woman and one of the most revered personalities in the hospitality industry; Priya Paul is the creative powerhouse behind

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Country’s leading collection of contemporary luxury boutique hotels – The Park. She has worked tirelessly towards building a brand that is synonymous with her unique creative energy and is well recognized for her leadership qualities. Under her direction and leadership, The Park Hotels have emerged as stylish, edgy, fun and warm – a true reflection of contemporary India.

Priya Paul is a Trustee of Indira Gandhi National Center for the Arts (IGNCA) and Board Member, National Council of Science Museums. She is an Executive Committee Member and Ex-President of Hotel Association of India (HAI), is a founder member as well as the Ex- Chairperson of World Travel &Tourism Council (WTTC) – India Initiative, Chairperson South Asia Women’s Fund, and a member of Harvard Business School’s India Advisory Board.


Priya Paul has been working in this industry for 25 years and it has been a rewarding journey to create something different and out of the ordinary. She was awarded the Aatithya Ratna Award by Hotel Investment Forum India, 2011. This award was established by HIFI to honor an individual who exemplifies the extraordinary spirit of hospitality.


She has been awarded India's fourth highest civilian honour, the Padma Shri in 2012 for her services to Trade & Industry by the President of India and in 2014, was conferred the prestigious Insignia of Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite (National Order of Merit) an Order of State, granted by the President of the French Republic.

Priya Paul has a BA in Economics from Wellesley College. She also completed the Owner President Management Program at Harvard Business School.


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