Profile - Capt C P Krishnan Nair

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A brief history of Capt CP KRishnan Nair
   1   P R O F I L E CAPT. C. P. KRISHNAN NAIR ChairmanHotel Leelaventure Limited Captain C. P. Krishnan Nair is chairman of The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts, one of thefinest hotel groups in India. From a young freedom fighter, then an officer serving in theIndian Army, to playing a prominent pioneering role in the Handloom Industry, and laterbecoming a major textile exporter, Nair has risen to fame and success through sheer gritand hard work.Born on 9 February 1922 in Kannur, Kerala, India, Nair received his early education at asmall elementary school in his native village. A born rebel, he joined the FreedomMovement at the age of 13 and later became an officer in the Indian Army. In 1951, heresigned his commission and helped to set up the All India Handloom Board. He wasinstrumental in developing and marketing the “Bleeding Madras” fabric in the United States,which met with legendary success in starting exports to the United States. By 2001, he wasthe recipient of the prestigious Golden Globe Award for the highest exports in clothing inIndia from The Ministry of Textiles, Government of India.His frequent business trips to Europe and America exposed him to hotels with high servicestandards, inspiring him to make his first forays into the hospitality sector. At the age of 65,he started to build The Leela group of hotels which today has become one of the mostcelebrated Indian hospitality groups in the five-star luxury segment.Inspired by the high luxury standards of European hotels, he set up the first Leela hotel inMumbai in 1986 and signed a marketing alliance with Kempinski. Today, The LeelaPalaces, Hotels and Resorts has seven luxury properties in New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore,Gurgaon-Delhi N.C.R., Udaipur, Goa and Kovalam; with more hotels opening in Chennai,Agra, Jaipur and Lake Ashtamudi in Kerala. His mission is to delight and exceed his guests’    2 expectations through gracious Indian hospitality, laid down in the ancient Indian scripturesas  Atithi Devo Bhava or ‘guest is god’.Globally recognized as an environmentalist, hotelier and a visionary, Nair has been therecipient of many prestigious accolades. For his untiring efforts in environmentconservation, he received the Global 500 Laureate Roll of Honour by the United NationsEnvironment Program in 1999 from Emperor Akihito of Japan. Lauding him as a doyenhotelier, the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences honoured him with the LifetimeAchievement Five Star Diamond Award in 2009; the Green Hotelier Award by the Genevabased International Hotel and Restaurant Association (IH&RA) and the Maharana MewarFoundation’s Uday Singh Award for “Outstanding Practical Achievements in the Protectionand Improvement of the Environment” in 2002. In 2008, Business Week, US listed himamong the 50 global octogenarians who still ‘rock the world’. Recent awards in 2010 includethe Hall of Fame Award at the Hotel Investment Forum India held in Mumbai and the ‘Hotelier of the Century’ Award given by the International Hotel and Restaurant Association.Nair also received the highest Indian civilian honour - the Padma Bhushan from Smt.Pratibha Singh Patil, the Hon’ble President of India.Even today, his indomitable spirit and enthusiasm see him working on elaborate plans forthe future. For both, The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts, and for India.###For access to our repository of high resolution images, log on to For more information, contact:Rashmi VasishtCorporate Director, Public RelationsTel: +91 22 6691 1052Mobile: +91 96192 
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