V K Prasad took over as the General Manager of the newly launched Vivanta by Taj – Surya, Coimbatore. Prasad is a Taj man through and through, having joined the group as a trainee in 1982. Prior to this, he served as the General Manager of Vivanta By Taj Bentota in Sri Lanka and General Manager of the Gateway Hotel in Surat. It was during this stint that the Southern Gujarat Chamber of Commerce & Industry honoured him with awards for Outstanding Service and Best General Manager of the year. He was also conferred with the Young General Manager Award by FHRAI. Besides having worked in Chennai and Maldives, he has toured all over on various special deputations, having been posted in Calcutta, Kathmandu, Singapore and Bangkok among others. His interests include music, travelling, cricket and reading.