A prominent business woman and one of the most revered personalities in the hospitality industry; Priya Paul is the creative powerhouse behind country's leading collection of contemporary luxury boutique hotels – THE Park Hotels and the new social catalyst brand – ‘Zone by The Park’. She has been working in the industry for more than 25 years and has created experiences that are different, extraordinary and inexplicable. Under her direction, THE Park Hotels have emerged as stylish, edge, warm and fun –a true reflection of her personality and her passion for contemporary art and design.
Priya Paul as the Chairperson has led Apeejay Surrendra Park Hotels Limited to be a thought leader and innovator in the area of Corporate Social Responsibility. Five core areas have been identified for strategic action; community engagement; the arts, design, heritage and culture; gender equity; the environment; and education and skills development.
Priya Paul has held several Board and Leadership positions of industry bodies. In the non-profit domain, she is the Founder Director and Chair of South Asia Women’s Fund, (now Women’s Fund Asia) and has been on the board of Breakthrough India since 2011. She has been a Trustee of the India Foundation for the Arts (IFA), Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), Board Member of National Council of Science Museums (NCSM) and is a member of Harvard Business Schools’ South Asia Advisory Board.
Priya Paul has a BA in Economics from Wellesley College. She also completed the Owner President Management Program at Harvard Business School.
In 2012, Priya Paul has been awarded the Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian honour, for her services to Trade & Industry by the President of India. She has also been conferred with the Insignia of Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Merite (National Order of Merit) in 2014 for her significant contribution to strengthening links between India and France. She has received numerous awards and recognitions for her work from the industry, media and various other bodies.