Priya Paul, 52
Chairperson, Apeejay Surrendra Park Hotels
Previous Rank : 35
After a few quiet years, Apeejay Surrendra Park Hotels under Paul is in expansion mode. It launched its first adults-only property in Goa in January. Under Paul, seen as the force behind the Park’s boutique hotels, the company also entered into an agreement with the government of West Bengal to reopen a 232-year old hotel near Kolkata called The Denmark Tavern. Under its brand Zone by The Park, the company signed 15 new properties which will open in the next five years. By 2020, the brand will have 20 operational hotels.