From humble beginnings, Arun Kumar now heads the LaLiT London, a new luxury boutique hotel owned by the Suri family of India. Overseeing the £50m transformation of the former grammar school St Olaves, he implemented bold and strategic plans to create one of the finest boutique businesses in London.
His commitment to work while fostering a driven culture has set a foundation in place for continued success and potential expansion for the first overseas property of the India’s business tycoon – The LaLiT Suri Hospitality Group.
With over 20 years experience in the industry, Kumar has been the general manager of big names in the market such as Hilton, overseeing various hotel launches in the capital and slowly making his mark on the industry. Now at The LaLiT London, he leads a team of 70 employees and has big plans to exceed targets for growth by attracting and establishing the best business relations within the market.
Just one month open, and Kumar is already thinking ahead to wider expansion. He has devised a five-year growth plan for both regional and European expansion for the Indian hotel group. “If opportunity doesn’t knock, you build a door” is very much the attitude of Kumar, who is immensely proud to be working for the Suri family, who he credits as being ‘wonderfully visionary’.