Saurabh brings in two decades of extensive experience in the hotel industry, of which more than a decade was in corporate, strategic and advisory roles. Throughout his career, he has performed diverse roles in hotel business development, strategic planning, market assessments, hotel operations, contract negotiations, asset management and transaction advisory.
Prior to joining HVS, Saurabh headed the development vertical of AccorHotels for a period of five years. Earlier, he was responsible for investment led development function of Premier Inn Hotels (Whitbread PLC) in India. He joined Premier Inn as the pre-opening General Manager of its first hotel in the country in 2009 and was also a part of its India Executive Council. Between 2004 and 2009, Saurabh served as a Director in HVS India – Consulting & Valuation and performed multiple hotel feasibilities and valuation assignments. He was instrumental in conceptualizing the most popular hotel conference of India (HICSA). In his formative years, Saurabh worked in hotel operations in luxury hotels, resorts, independent restaurants and catering services thereby gaining a holistic perspective of the hospitality sector.
Saurabh is currently responsible for the Transaction Advisory business for HVS in South Asia. He also oversees the Asset Management practice which is focused towards unlocking true potential and value of hotel assets.