Bickson: Stepping down
Mumbai, Aug. 7: Raymond N. Bickson will step down as the managing director and CEO of Indian Hotels Company Ltd (IHC) at the end of this month.
Rakesh K. Sarna will take over from September 1.
Bickson’s decision to step down will mark the end of a more-than-a-decade-old stint at India’s largest hotel company.
A US national, Bickson had moved to India in January 2003 and joined the IHC board as executive director and chief operating officer of Taj Luxury Hotels.
He oversaw the operations of all premium properties and played a key role in the expansion and development of hotels globally.
Bickson became the managing director and CEO in July that year. He was earlier associated with The Mark in New York, the Rafael Group Hoteliers Monaco and with the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group.
A statement from IHC said Bickson would pursue his professional interests elsewhere.
“We’re grateful to Bickson for his many years of leadership at the Taj Group. His hospitality expertise has helped to make the Taj Group and its brands some of the most respected names in the international hotel and resort industry,” IHC chairman Cyrus P. Mistry said.
“We’re fortunate to have more than 20,000 dedicated employees, a strong senior management group, and an experienced board to help us move forward into the next phase of Taj’s growth,” Mistry added.
Under Bickson, the Taj Group’s brand grew and expanded into major cities worldwide. The company now has 127 hotels in five continents.
“Our team has positioned Taj’s four brands —Taj Hotels, Resorts and Palaces, Vivanta by Taj, Gateway Hotels and Ginger Hotels — as distinctive growth-oriented brands that offer the best of Indian hospitality and modern luxury to sophisticated travellers worldwide,” Bickson said.