K. M. Chengappa Appointed General Manager Of The Leela Palace Chennai

Posted On May 11, 2015

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K. M. CHENGAPPA APPOINTED GENERAL MANAGER OF THE LEELA PALACE CHENNAI 
 
The Leela Palaces, Hotels, and Resorts has appointed KM Chengappa as the General Manager of The Leela Palace Chennai, the city’s first and only sea facing property. 
 
Chengappa has been long associated with The Leela Group and was previously the Resident Manager at The Leela Palace Bangalore. In his new role, Chengappa will oversee the 326-room Platinum Leed certified Palace hotel, spanning six verdant acres with magnificent views of the Bay of Bengal. Inspired by the architectural opulence of the Chettinad Dynasty, and home to world-class restaurants and the internationally renowned ESPA spa, it has been ranked one of the best hotels by Conde Nast Traveller (UK) and Travel + Leisure India & South Asia, and Tripadvisor. 
 
Commenting on the appointment, Rajiv Kaul, President, The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts said, “We are delighted to have KM Chengappa steer the latest addition to our Palace portfolio. He has long experience with the Group and under his able direction, The Leela Palace Bangalore has won multiple accolades and set new benchmarks in the industry. I am confident that he will replicate this success and the culture of excellence at The Leela Palace Chennai, and further consolidate our leading positon in South India.” 
 
Prior to his appointment, Chengappa was an integral part of the pre-opening team of The Leela Palace Bangalore, which among other accolades, is the only hotel in the city conferred the World Travel Award for leading business hotel for three consecutive years. He was also instrumental in the growth and success of the hotels’ food and beverage operations, where he introduced a dynamic approach, mentored his team, and introduced some of the finest F & B concepts in the city. 
 
Taking charge at The Leela Palace Chennai, K M Chengappa, General Manager said, “It is an honour to take on the role of General Manager of the city’s most iconic property. The Leela Palace Chennai truly stands out as a symbol of The Leela’s legendary luxury and award-winning hospitality. My team and I are dedicated to offering unique and unforgettable stay experiences and making the hotel the gold standard for business and leisure travellers alike.”
 
Chengappa hails from Coorg, a hill-station popularly known as “Scotland of India” in Karnataka. In his spare time, he enjoys fitness and sports related activities from cricket to tennis. He is married with two children. 

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