Suresh Nanda is a man of incredible passion, riding on which he has become one of the prominent faces in the Indian corporate and hospitality spheres. The chairman of Claridges Group of Hotels, he possesses immense recognition, although he didn’t always intend to enter this industry.
The Karachi-born Suresh Nanda completed his schooling from St. Columbus School, New Delhi. He studied defence studies at the National Defence Academy. He is the son of a former Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Sardarilal Mathradas Nanda. Following his father’s footsteps, Suresh Nanda got commissioned as Lt Commander in the Indian Navy. After serving his country for 15 years in Indian armed forces, Mr. Nanda entered the corporate world. He worked for a number of major companies in India, Europe, and the Middle East.
Suresh Nanda’s positive approach and a never-give-up attitude made him a man of great entrepreneurial skills. He ran Dynatron Services, a specialized engineering firm, quite successfully, despite not having any prior engineering expertise. He maintained Navy machineries, Coastguard and merchant ships with the most reliable systems.
His next move was the technology space where he gained immense recognition, owing to his tie up with the California-based Commerce One. He brought the latest transparency technology from the US firm for electronic procurement to India. Suresh Nanda’s venture won him an international tender issued by the Andhra Pradesh government. With this association, the government of Andhra Pradesh’s procurement costs was cut by 15 to 20 percent.
From corporate to hospitality – the rise of Suresh Nanda
The versatility of Suresh Nanda helped him venture into the hotel industry in the year 2003. With his passion to make a name in the hospitality sector, he strived for the acquisition of the Claridges Group of Hotels. He worked quite passionately and earned a good name in the field, despite lacking experience. His hotel was recognized as the best-known colonial hotel in the Capital, unsurpassed and unmatched in one of the prime locations in Delhi. It is frequented by a number of celebrities and VVIPs.
As a lover of history and culture, Mr. Nanda has worked on maintaining the hotel’s heritage and cultural importance. His hotel is one of the most highly-rated properties in the capital, owing to his continued focus on enhancing luxury and comfort.
Having a lot of ‘firsts’ to his name
Suresh Nanda didn’t stop here. His zeal to excel and achieve more in life helped him build a 296 room luxury hotel – Taj Dubai in Dubai’s Business Bay. This made him one of the first Indian private sector hoteliers enjoying a formidable presence in the international hospitality industry. Guests from across the world love the outstanding services of Taj Dubai. Its restaurant is one of the most popular ones in Dubai.
After making a name in Dubai, the Indian business magnate is eying the European hotel market. His hospitality portfolio may soon include some of the finest properties in the United Kingdom, France, and other European nations.
The business empire of Suresh Nanda is quite extensive, covering a range of sectors including the hotel industry, software solutions, and international trading services. Apart from business, social welfare has always been close to Mr Nanda’s heart. His contributions towards environmental cleanliness, educational institutes and charities make him an avid philanthropist apart from being an ace entrepreneur.