Jaideep Dang takes over as Managing Director of Hotels practice at JLL

15 November 2018 Consultancy.in

Real estate consultancy JLL has made yet another appointment to its senior ranks, this time in the form of Jaideep Dang as the new Managing Director of its Hotels & Hospitality Business. Dang will be based out of the firm’s Gurugram office, and will focus on increasing JLL’s collaborative activity.

India’s hotels & hospitality sector has been registering substantial growth in recent times, primarily as a consequence of targeted government initiatives and a booming tourism sector. Last year, two-thirds of India’s hotels recorded their highest occupancy rates in more than a decade, a trend that has continued into this year.

A booming hotel industry brings with it a steady demand for more real estate – a scenario that property consultancy JLL India is now looking to capitalise upon. To this end, the firm has now appointed Jaideep Dang as the Managing Director of its Hotels & Hospitality practice.

Dang holds a bachelors in Architecture and has been involved in the property and real estate sector throughout his career. He began at India Property Research, where he spent four years and ascended to the position of Senior Analyst. Dang first joined JLL in 2006 as an Assistant Vice President for the firm’s Strategic Business division.

Jaideep Dang takes over as Managing Director of Hotels practice at JLL

He spent five years at JLL, eventually ascending to the position of Vice President, following which he joined the prestigious Oberoi Group of hotels. At Oberoi, Dang began as the Vice President and was eventually promoted to the position of Senior Vice President late last year.

Dang will work out of the Gurugram office and will focus on nurturing existing strategic partnerships and building new ones across the domestic and international markets. This is the latest in a series of senior appointments made by JLL to its senior ranks since the start of this year.

Commenting on his appointment, CEO and Country Head at JLL India Ramesh Nair said, “With his ability to develop and nurture long standing relationships with Indian and international hotel chains, developers and investors, Jaideep’s return to the JLL India fold provides us with a significant advantage in taking our hospitality business to the next level.”

Dang himself added, “The hotels sector in India is experiencing healthy growth on the back of increased foreign tourist arrivals and growing domestic demand. Average rooms rates as well as occupancy ratios across all hotel segments has witnessed upward movement in all key business and leisure markets in India. The timing could not have been better for investors to explore opportunities to buy existing and under construction hotel assets, both in business as well as leisure segments.”

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PwC appoints Padmaja Alaganandan as new Chief People Officer in India

19 April 2019 Consultancy.in

Global professional services firm PwC has appointed a new Chief People Officer (CPO) for its India practice. The firm’s Technology Lead Padmaja Alaganandan, who has been with PwC for a continuous spell of eight years since 2011, will take over from incumbent CPO Jagjit Singh.

Having graduated from the Indian Institute of Management, Alaganandan began her professional career at PwC in 2000. She joined Strategy&’s Change Consulting Practice, where she worked for three years and eventually rose to the rank of Principal Consultant before moving to Mercer in 2005.

At Mercer, she began as a Principal Consultant for Human Capital and made her way up to the position of Business Leader for Human Capital at Mercer Consulting. She rejoined PwC in 2011, and has been a Partner at the firm in addition to leading the firm’s Technology and Advisory segments.

PwC appoints Padmaja Alaganandan as new Chief People Officer in India

Her role as CPO at PwC is informed by her previous experience as a Leader of PwC’s People and Organisation Consulting practice. She takes the helm of PwC’s people management activities at a time when talent management and development is increasingly crucial in firms across India.

As firms across the country begin to digitalise, there is not only the demand to foster an environment and spirit of innovation amongst the country’s business environment, but also to equip professionals with the skills required to work in collaboration with machines and technology.

Major professional services firms such as PwC are under particular pressure to live up to these changes, given their role in facilitating the digital transformation of their clients’ organisation, which extends to the development of skills amongst their workforce.

Alaganandan has expressed the importance of fostering an enabling environment within PwC as well, specifying that “:Building a wellbalanced and inclusive workforce is key to our business. She takes over the role of CPO from Jagjit Singh, who has held the position for nearly five years now.