Lieutenants Take Over From the Captain

Padmabhushan Capt. CP Krishnan Nair of Leela Hotels has stepped down as Chairman of the group.  Recognizing his invaluable contribution, the Board of Directors appointed him – Chairman Emeritus and Founding Chairman – with effect from February 7, 2013.  The Group’s leadership of the group has been consolidated under Capt. Nair’s two sons. Mr. Vivek Nair, presently Vice Chairman and Managing Director, has been elevated to the position of Chairman and Managing Director and Mr. Dinesh Nair, presently Joint Managing Director, has been elevated to the position of Co-Chairman and Managing Director.

Capt. C P Krishnan Nair, started to build The Leela group of hotels at the age of 65,   overseeing its evolution from one hotel, in North Mumbai, to a network of eight award-winning luxury hotels spread across key destinations in India, with six more currently under development.  With marketing alliances with Germany-based Kempinski hotels, US-based Preferred Hotels & Resorts and Global Hotel Alliance based in Geneva, Switzerland, Capt. Nair has built a legendary group known for its world-class services, but one that remains Indian at heart and follows the ‘Dharmas’ of ancient Indian scriptures as ‘Atithi Devo Bhava or ‘guest is god.’

Globally recognized as an hotelier, visionary and an environmentalist, Capt. Nair has been the recipient of many prestigious accolades, including, among many others, Lifetime Achievement Awards in 2011 from Hotelier India, Condé Nast Traveller, and The Times Travel Academy; the Global 500 Laureate Roll of Honour by the United Nations Environment Program from Emperor Akihito of Japan; the ‘Green Hotelier’ Award by the Geneva-based International Hotel and Restaurant Association (IH&RA); and the ‘Hotelier of the Century’ by the prestigious International Hotel and Restaurant Association.

Capt. Nair’s meteoric career has seen him move from a respected Indian army officer, to the founder of Leela Lace, a successful textile enterprise, to one of the leading hoteliers of the nation. After resigning his commission in 1951, he dedicated himself to bringing about a major revolution in the handloom industry and pioneered “Bleeding Madras,” a hand-woven checked fabric that set a fashion rage in America.   By 2001, he was the recipient of the prestigious Golden Globe Award for the highest exports in clothing in India from The Ministry of Textiles, Government of India.

Capt. Nair is the recipient of the highest Indian civilian honour – the Padma Bhushan from Smt. Pratibha Singh Patil, the Hon’ble President of India.


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