NEW DELHI – Art collector and design aficionado Priya Paul is Chairperson of Apeejay Surrendra Park Hotels in India, a part of the Apeejay Surrendra Group.

Priya Paul started her career under her father, the late Surrendra Paul, as the Marketing Manager of The Park in New Delhi. She repositioned The Park Hotels as India’s first and only collection of contemporary luxury boutique hotels. Under her direction, The Park Hotels have emerged as stylish, edgy, fun and warm – a true reflection of her personality and her passion for contemporary art and design.

Priya Paul is Executive Committee Member and Ex-President of the Hotel Association of India. She is a founding member of the World Travel and Tourism Council – India Initiative, and a Trustee of the India Foundation for the Arts (IFA) and Chairperson, South Asia Women’s Fund and a member of Harvard Business Schools’ India Advisory Board.

A four-time nominee as Business Woman of the year by The Economic Times, Priya Paul received the FHRAI (Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Association of India) Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2000, was recognized by Forbes online as one of India’s 100 most powerful business women in 2006, and took home the Zee Astitva Award in the Business category in 2008. She has also been awarded the ‘Spa Personality of the Year’ for the year, India Today Woman in Business Award and PHD Chamber-Distinguished Women Entrepreneur Award for 2009-2010 and has been inducted into the FHRAI Hall of Fame in 2010.

Recently she was awarded for “Excellence in Design Innovation 2011” by Conde Nast Traveller India, at a glittering event in New Delhi. She was honored for seamlessly combining her passion for boutique hotels and her love of contemporary art and high-function design. “Designomist 2011” at VGC Designomics 2011 was bestowed to Ms. Paul for creating unique experiences for the guests across the world with a visual feast of design aesthetics and originality in each of the exquisitely designed boutique hotels.

Ms. Priya Paul was also just 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. ‘Hall of Fame 2011’ was bestowed to her by Hotelier India. The acknowledgement was for her contribution to the hotel industry for last 25 years.

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