Patanjali Govind Keswani Chairman and Managing Director of Lemon Tree Hotels Limited
Mr. Keswani is the Chairman and Managing Director, of one of the largest hotel chain in the mid priced sector, Lemon Tree Hotels Ltd.
He is a B.Tech in Electrical Engineering from IIT Delhi and holds a Post Graduate Diploma Degree in Management from IIM Kolkata. He was presented the Distinguished Alumni Award by IIT Delhi in 2011 and by IIM Kolkata in 2012. He worked for 17 years in the Tata Administrative Services, including as the Senior Vice President – Special Projects. Subsequently he has also worked with A.T. Kearney Limited, as its Associated Consultant and Director in their India Office. At present, he is also the Chairman of the Skill Council for Persons with Disability and a founding member of the Sector Skill Council for the Hospitality, Travel and Tourism industry.
With his strategic insight in the hospitality industry, Mr. Keswani identified the gap for midmarket and economy hotels within India, and set up his independent venture- Lemon Tree Hotels in 2002. From the first hotel in Gurgaon in 2004, Lemon Tree Hotels is the third largest hospitality group on the basis of controlling interest in owned and leased rooms, with 43 hotels and 4500 rooms across India.
Lemon Tree Hotels has taken strategic initiatives to provide employment to opportunity deprived Indians, including differently-abled individuals as well as those from economically, educationally and socially marginalized sections of society and believes that these initatives lead to an engaged and committed workforce.