Marriott International Inc. has promoted Ranju Alex as its Area Vice President for the South Asia region. Ranju takes over the role from Neeraj Govil who relocated to Singapore after being appointed Senior Vice President of Operations for Asia Pacific (excluding China) last year. As a key member of Marriott International’s leadership think tank, Ranju will be based in Mumbai and oversee the company’s operations across India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Bhutan.
Ranju will be responsible for creating and executing a strategic road map that will focus on establishing brand positioning and effectively expanding the market share of the Marriott portfolio in South Asia. Prior to this appointment, Ranju was the Market Vice President for West India.
Market Vice President Gaurav Singh who is based in Bengaluru will oversee South and East India, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh. Marriott has also appointed Arun Kumar as Market Vice President overseeing North India, Nepal, and Bhutan. Arun will be based in Gurgaon.
Rajeev Menon, President Asia Pacific (excluding China) said, “I am delighted that Ranju has taken on this role to lead our business operations across South Asia as we focus on leading the business recovery across the region. Her extensive hospitality experience and strong leadership skills will allow us to leverage the strength of our brands as we continue to innovate and grow across the region”.
Ranju has over 28 years of hospitality experience and is a 12-year veteran with Marriott International. Ranju is an alumnus of IHM Kolkata and started her hospitality career with Oberoi group of hotels.
Ranju joined Marriott International in 2010 as the General Manager of Courtyard by Marriott Pune Hinjewadi, she then moved on to the Goa Marriott Resort & Spa as General Manager in 2013. Her hands-on leadership style, a laser-sharp focus on business results, and her ability to lead diverse teams saw her promoted to senior roles overseeing East India, Bhutan & Bangladesh. In 2019, Ranju was promoted to Market Vice President of South India & Sri Lanka.
Aside of championing diversity and women empowerment across several international platforms, she is a health and fitness enthusiast who loves tennis and swimming, as much as she loves showcasing her culinary skills to her friends and family. Travelling is another hobby, as this allows her to spend quality time with her two children and husband. Ranju is an avid reader and is also passionate about her charity causes that she supports.
Marriott International’s current portfolio in the South Asia region features 139 properties (managed and franchised) and over 25,000 rooms across 38 cities.