Senior Vice President of Operations

Murlidhar Rao

Murlidhar (Murli) is our Senior Vice President of Operations. He has played a fundamental role in the branding and execution of the Aiana concept to date, and his goal is to continue pushing Aiana forward until we are positioned as a market leader throughout the Middle East, India and South East Asia.

With a 1st Class Honours Diploma in Hotel Management from Bombay’s Institute of Hotel Management, Catering Technology and Applied Nutrition, and an Honours Certification for Intermediate Level of HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points), Murli is an incredible source of intelligence, with over 30 years of global hospitality experience to his name.

Prior to joining Aiana, Murli held key roles at a number of leading luxury hotel brands, including The Leela, Four Seasons, Kempinski, Mandarin Oriental and Alila. He has extensive experience in creating brand standards for those who operate in the luxury sector. His desire to blend the old world sophistication and elegance of hospitality with modern relevance is achieved through the customisation of services to the highest level and is warmly received by all who have the pleasure of working with him.

In line with our operating philosophy, Murli works closely with designers, architects, landscape consultants and suppliers to create unique and memorable tailor-made experiences. Murli oversees all aspects of operations, budgeting and finance, as well as the recruitment of team members for each property.

A sharp eye for detail and a deeply rooted passion for hospitality to match, we call him ‘the 007’ of service.