Pride of Britain Hotels, a 50-strong collection of independently-owned hotels, has announced that Kalindi Juneja has been appointed as its new CEO.
Juneja will replace current CEO Peter Hancock, who is retiring a year later than planned due to the pandemic. According to the group, Hancock was instrumental in shaping the brand and growing the collection’s membership to its 50-member capacity since he took on the role in 2000.
Juneja will officially join Pride of Britain Hotels on 4 October, working alongside Hancock to ensure a “seamless handover” until he officially steps down at this year’s annual conference on 15 November.
She joins from Relais and Châteaux, where she has worked since 2017. She initially managed the brand in the UK and Ireland, and was later promoted to international director.
She brings with her almost 20 years of experience in the industry and has “extensive” experience in the independent hotel sector, with a specialist focus on marketing, sales and communications.
Pride of Britain Hotels’ current CEO, Peter Hancock, said: “I have no doubt that Kalindi will take Pride of Britain to new heights over the coming years. And, if I’m allowed a little boast, it is that our efforts over the last two decades have made the organisation fit to attract a candidate of such quality.”
The group’s chairman, Sue Williams, added: “When Peter informed us that it was his time to retire, we went through the full gambit of emotions – mostly the feeling of how might we ever get close to replacing him.
“However, we are absolutely delighted to be able to announce that our new CEO, Kalindi Juneja, joins us in October, bringing a wealth of experience that will, we are confident, help Pride of Britain Hotels to keep ahead of the game in its field.”