Joint Managing Director and CEO

Amruda Nair

Amruda Nair is Joint Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer for Aiana Hotels & Resorts. She is responsible for the design of our brand’s signature programming, as well as driving the company’s growth and development. Amruda embraces an entrepreneurial spirit and business flair, inherited from her grandfather, the late Captain C P Krishnan Nair, founder of The Leela Group, which has seen her working with some of the finest names in the industry. From the Mandarin Oriental, New York, to Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels (JLLH), Singapore, Amruda has expertise in all aspects of business. She looks to bring unparalleled value and authenticity to the smart lifestyle segment through offering a unique style of world-class service, with an Indian edge.

Amruda obtained a degree in Economics before going on to gain qualifications in Hospitality Management at CNN University, The Netherlands, as well as a Masters degree from the much revered Cornell School of Hotel Administration in New York.

Prior to the birth of Aiana, Amruda spent a number of years working throughout East Asia, where she held a string of prominent positions, including Full-time Analyst, Owner’s Representative and Head of Asset Management. She then went on to play an integral role in Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts’ substantial period of growth, which saw the opening of several new properties and an increase in group inventory to 2,211 guest rooms.

Amruda is a board member for both Camphor and Allied Products Limited, and the Entrepreneur’s Organisation Mumbai. She serves as Vice President to the Apne Aap Women’s Collective and is also an associate committee member for the Sahachari Foundation.


  • ‘Generation Next Awards’ for hospitality, The All India Association of Industries and the Young Entrepreneurs Society, 2011.
  • Young FICCI Ladies Organisation Women Achiever’s Award, 2012.