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People | Mirah Hospitality

Meet The People

654-Divider-Star

Gaurav Goenka

Managing Director

Gaurav Pallial

CEO Citrus Hotels

Aji Nair

COO F&B Division

B.K. Jaiswal

GM Purchase and Materials Management

Raji Sam

GM Purchase

Jino Joseph

AVP – Human Resources & Operations

Nitin Hatode

GM Accounts & Finance

Gee Varghese

DGM Cost Controls

Nisha Rathod

DGM Finance

Gaurav Goenka

Gaurav joined Mirah Group in 2005 And almost immediately, he began treading his own path and founded the hospitality division of the Mirah Group. Gaurav took over a hotel property in Lonavla after seeing immense potential in it and rebranded it Citrus, making it the first significant acquisition for the group, after Rajdhani. From here began a landmark journey that saw, in a matter of just a decade, Mirah grow into becoming one of India’s largest hospitality brands under Gaurav’s able leadership. His aggressive approach to growth, keenness in investing in human resources and breeding a positive work environment is the reason why the group is one of the most sought-after employers.

Gaurav Pallial

Gaurav has grown rapidly in his career, from a management trainee in New Delhi’s Ashok Group of Hotels 14 years ago, to leading Citrus Hotels as its CEO today. He worked with ITDC, Lemontree and Jaypee Hotels before joining Mirah. He has an incredible aptitude for strategic planning, profit centre hotel operations, renovation management, training & development, budgeting, marketing and guest relationship management – skills he picked up while working in various capacities during his career. At Mirah, he has not just significantly scaled up Citrus Hotels, but done so rapidly, within budgets and by creating strong systems that’ll stand the test of time. A man who lets his work do the talking, Gaurav is a shining star of our team.

Aji Nair

A Post Graduate in Economics and Diploma Holder in Hotel Management, Aji is an enviable skill set of a mind that processes numbers, manages people and foresees market needs all at once. As the COO – F & B Division, Aji has taken Mirah’s flagship brand Khandani Rajdhani to unprecedented heights. It’s under him that the brand grew from 3 units to 37 units, with new ones getting added at a fast rate. He extended Khandani Rajdhani’s reach from India to Dubai and has plans to make it global. He has been instrumental in the planning the launch of various brands - Rasovara – The Royal Kitchen.Under his able leadership, Mirah has been conferred with innumerable awards from prestigious institutions. A great cook himself, Aji cooks to unwind. He loves to listen to music and read a book on his holidays.

B.K. Jaiswal

Mr. BK Jaiswal brings with him over 2 decades of vast experience in the hospitality sector. Having worked with small and medium sized brands before he joined Mirah, his micro-management skills are exemplary. His MBA in Materials Management gives him rare insights into the specialized field. Put together, these skills greatly help him to be the most efficient GM – Purchase and Materials Management because of his deep understanding of systems and processes. He loves his work so much that even his family endorses that he is a workaholic. His love for music and volunteer work keeps him productively occupied, when he isn’t guiding Mirah to greater strengths.

Raji Sam

With a career spanning over 25 years, Sam has gathered not just immense experience, but has enriched every task that he has been a part of. Sam followed up his engineering degree with a diploma in Business Management, to support his technical knowledge with management skills. As our GM – Purchase, this versatility greatly helps him dispense his duties with aplomb. Having worked with large organisations in the past, Sam is a man of systems and processes. A loyal team player, he is very spiritual and lends a helping hand to anyone who may need it.

Jino Joseph

Our AVP – F&B Division, Jino is a modest, experienced and extremely inspiring leader. In his decade at Mirah, he has handled various profiles with equal assurance, taking the company from strength to strength. From HR and administration to licensing and brand management, he has done it all. He is a massive pillar to the entire organization. As someone who looks for excellence in everything he does, there is no mid-way solution for him in anything. Jino follows an open door policy where anyone can approach him without any inhibitions. It’s one of the many qualities that makes him an inspiring and accessible leader. He loves to listen to music, go on long drives and travel the world, when he isn’t busy strengthening Brand Mirah.

Nitin Hatode

A heavily decorated professional, Nitin has won accolades for his work in SAP implementation, cost accounting, MIS and auditing. He has worked across sectors and verticals, giving him a deep understanding of finance. An MCom and FCWA, Nitin is a firm believer in ‘getting it right the first time’ and is a stickler for details. His passion for accuracy makes him the best GM – Accounts and Finance. For Mirah, he’s a great asset and his number crunching skills are unmatched. When not roving over financial records, Nitin loves to play cricket.

Gee Varghese

Born in Kerala, Varghese knew he wanted to carve a career in the hospitality sector. This clarity of purpose led him to confidently enroll for Bachelor of Tourism and Hotel Management. Having been with the Mirah Group for almost the entire length of his mushrooming career, Varghese has a sharp eye for details. Never does an important thing miss his attention, which is why he makes for the most effective DGM – Cost Control – confidently keeping all our numbers in check. Amiable and happy go lucky, he leads his team with a clear sense of purpose and with the motivation that comes from his over a decade of committed work. His love for movies and travelling keeps him abreast with the needs of a fast changing world.

Nisha Rathod

A budding young professional, Nisha leads our Financial Planning & Analysis department with great conviction as the DGM – Finance. She has been with Mirah almost since the beginning of her career and has grown impressively alongwith the brand. She is extremely enthusiastic and finds her motivation in the challenges that the job offers. She covers a wide gamut of responsibilities like MIS, Budgeting, Credit Controls and Project accounting in her everyday work and delivers them all with efficiency. Nisha believes that there are no short cuts to success and works hard to accomplish every goal she sets for herself. She finds great joy in music, travelling and photography, in which she indulges in her leisure time.