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GMR Hospitality & Retail Limited

GMR Hospitality and Retail Limited (formerly known as GMR Hotels and Resorts Limited) registered under the Companies Act 1956 on September 08, 2008 under corporate Identity number U521001TG2008PLC060866 and having its registered office at GMR Aero Towers, Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Shamshabad, Hyderabad – 500 108, Telangana State.

The Company has two divisions namely Hotel Division and Hyderabad Duty Free Division.

Hyderabad Duty Free Division:

Hyderabad Duty Free Division of the Company is selling different categories of products on duty/tax free basis at the international terminals of Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Shamshabad, Hyderabad. The product line includes Liquor, Tobacco, Cosmetics, Perfumes, Confectionery, Souvenir and Fashion Accessories.

Website: www.hyderabaddutyfree.com

Hotel Division:

The Company currently owns a five star rated hotel property viz. Novotel Hyderabad Airport Hotel, located amidst 5 acres area close to Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad, which is managed and operated by AAPC India Hotel Management Private Ltd., (Part of Accor Group) under the Novotel Brand under an arrangement with the Company.


Mr SGK Kishore is an Electronics & Communications Engineer from Andhra University and holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay. A Rank holder during Engineering and a Gold Medalist during his Masters, Mr Kishore’s illustrious career spans over 30 years across Government and Private sectors.

A 1989 Batch Officer of the elite Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Mr Kishore has held several important positions with the Government of India in areas as diverse as District Administration, Social Justice & Empowerment, Labour Welfare, Finance, Consumer Affairs, Food Security and Urban Development.

Mr Kishore joined the GMR Group in 2006 where he was associated with the development & construction of Hyderabad Airport and later he led the Hyderabad Airport City business as the CEO, spearheading the positioning and development strategy of India’s largest Airport City project. In 2013, he took over as CEO of GMR Hyderabad International Airport with overall responsibility for the unique Hyderabad Airport Eco-system spanning the airport, the Airport City and various allied businesses. Under his leadership, Hyderabad airport has set milestones/benchmarks in growth, customer delight, operational excellence, technological innovations and environmental management as highlighted by the airport’s ranking as World’s No 1 in its size category in Airport Service Quality (ASQ) for the year 2016.

From June 2020, Mr Kishore took on the role of Executive Director and Chief Innovation Officer for GMR Airports, overseeing the functioning of Hyderabad and other GMR airport sector assets across South India and also leading the innovation efforts across GMR Airports.

Mr Kishore is a director on the board of several GMR Group companies operating across the aviation value chain in sectors such as Air Cargo, Duty Free and Hospitality. He is also a member of the Airports Council International (ACI) Asia-Pacific Regional Board and an active member of the Governing Board of the Association of Private Airport Operators (APAO), India. Mr Kishore is also a key member of the Digital Cell formed by the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India to drive the ‘DigiYatra’ initiative focused on formulating National Policy and Standards for supporting New Technology adoption at Airports.

Mr. Rajesh Arora is currently holding the position of the Chief Executive Officer- Business Development, Joints Ventures and Adjacencies in the holding Company.

In his previous profile at GMR Group, he was Chief Financial Officer of GMR Hyderabad International Airport, Hyderabad, Telangana State. In the said profile, he has made immense contribution to Airports Sector, building robust relations with joint venture partners and contributed significantly towards increasing shareholder's value in these joint ventures. In this role he has also played an important role in M&A activities of the airport sector.

Mr. Rajesh Kumar Arora is a Cost Management Accountant and holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce from Delhi University. He has more than 30 years of professional experience with a successful career and proven track record in Manufacturing and Infrastructure sectors. He served in senior positions in Chambal Fertilizers and Chemicals and has rich experience in Corporate Finance & Accounts, Taxation etc.

Mr. Aman Kapoor, aged about 50 years, is the CEO- Airport Land Development, GMR Airports Ltd. He joined the group in 2016 and currently oversees Group’s Real Estate initiatives across all GMR Airports and spearheads initiatives Real Estate Strategy, Land Monetization, Property Development, Joint ventures and partnerships. Mr. Kapoor also handles the business development with respect to Real Estate and assists the teams during the bidding for new airports, as a subject matter expert. Mr. Kapoor has over 25 years of International experience in Real Estate development, Asset management acquisitions, dispositions, finance and marketing, in India, US and Canada. Prior to GMR, Mr. Kapoor served Mckinsey & Co, as a Senior Advisor and was CEO – Commercial Assets for Dubai based Developer Emaar MGF in India. Previously, he has worked for international companies like Jones Lang LaSalle, Cushman and Wakefield, IPC REIT (US), Pepsi Co. Canada and General Mills Canada Inc.

Mr. Mohammed Ismail, aged 66 years, holds Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Andhra University. He is an experienced entrepreneur with a focus on social class. At present, he actively participates and contributes in imparting primary education to children in rural areas. In order to impart and improve the education, he has adopted schools to improve successful school completion rate with incentives. He began his career in the year 1974 as a Junior Industrial Engineer of BHPV (Bharat Heavy Plate and Vessels) where he was responsible for development of time standards, systems, procedures etc. and thereafter an Assistant Engineer in the same organization he was actively involved in planning and monitoring of resources along with coordinating with inter and intra departments. During the period 1982-90 in the capacity of Manager in Flakt India Ltd. (ABB), he managed and executed several key industrial projects for Visakhapatnam Steel Plant. In these stints, Mr. Mohammed Ismail has been instrumental in increasing revenue in coastal Andhra region. Later, for about 10 years as an entrepreneur, he represented and implemented projects and representing projects for many multinationals.

With his unique blend of experience in management and leadership positions of more than 30 years in various sectors, he ventured in the business of property development and constructed apartment and complexes in Visakhapatnam, during 2000-2008.

Dr. Kavitha Gudapati, aged 43 years, is an organizational psychologist having consulting experience over 10 years in India and Abroad. Her expertise lies in Career development and Counseling and Work - Life balance. She has a Doctorate in Management, specializing in Organizational Behavior and has Mastersdegree in Psychology along with a Post Graduate diploma in counseling skills. She has undergone Basic Human processes lab and Advanced Human processes lab under Indian Society for Applied Behavioral Science (ISABS). She is accredited Certified Coach by Results Coaching which is recognized by the ICF (International Coach Federation). She operates in the areas of Coaching in Personal / Life, Business, Executive and Workplace. She has over fifteen years of experience covering a wide range of industries and projects. She has consulted and trained with several organizations such as Bharath Dynamics Limited, VOLVO, DRDL, Deloitte, GE-Money, PWC, GMR, Dr. Reddy's, Satyam Computers, Airtel, BSNL, BAAN, Intelle Group, NavayugaInfotech, Cyberabad Police, Neospark etc. She has been involved in a long term executive development programs, long duration consulting projects in the area of customer perceptions and customer satisfaction, Women's initiative networks, Corporate Trauma, Consultant Counselor / Coach and Trainer. For five year, She has appeared on the ETV show Sakshi.

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