After spending 23 years at Oberoi’s, Bedi will now contribute to Hilton’s plans to expand its footprint in India.
For over two decades, Mallika Rao Bedi has worked with only one company, the Oberoi Group of Hotels. That is where she started her career after graduating from Mangalore University, and that is where she stayed put for 23 years!
She has now moved to Hilton as regional director-HR.
At Oberoi’s she had been extensively involved in hotel operations garnering experience in recruitment, selection, talent management, employee onboarding, training and development, employee relations and process improvement, in line with business requirements, which resulted in minimum attrition.
At Hilton, her key areas of focus will be to work with the India team to drive best practices as well as reinforce Hilton as one of the best places to work.
The American hotel chain has been going through a leadership change this year. In January, two key appointments were made—Navjit Ahluwalia joined as senior vice president and country head, India, and Jatin Khanna joined as vice president and head of operations, India. Even Alan Watts, executive vice president and president, Hilton (Asia Pacific) is a recent joinee.
Watts said in January, “India is swiftly becoming one of the fastest growing travel and tourism markets in the world. As we seek to rapidly expand in the country, there is a need to grow our leadership team to ensure we continue to deliver best-in-class hospitality, in addition to ramping up our pipeline.”
The leadership team is looking at expanding the Hilton footprint in the country.