Ranganath-BudumooruScheduled to open in November 2012, the 173-room property will be India’s first Holiday Inn Express and only the second to open in the region after the launch of the brand in Bangkok in June 2012. Holiday Inn Express is one of the world’s fastest growing hotel brands and designed for smart, independent and savvy business travellers seeking comfort, convenience and value in a hotel.

Ranganath brings close to a decade long association with the brand having recently served as the General Manager of the Holiday Inn Express at Hammersmith in London, United Kingdom. His extensive experience will prove to be critical to the initial launch and roll out of the country’s first Holiday Inn Express.

In his new role, Ranganath will lead pre-opening efforts and launch of Holiday Inn Express Ahmedabad in addition to managing day to day operations as the hotel opens. While managing a team of dedicated industry professional’s, Ranganath will be instrumental in overall hotel management, driving hotel performance and ensuring high levels of service determined by the Holiday Inn Express brand standards.

Ranganath has been with IHG since 2002 and before assuming responsibility as the General Manager of Holiday Inn Express Hammersmith, he was its Deputy General Manager transitioning from earlier roles in guest services, administration and revenue at the hotel.

Douglas Martell, Vice President Operations South West Asia, IHG said, “I am very pleased to welcome Ranganath to our brand new Holiday Inn Express Ahmedabad. His experience and understanding Holiday Inn Express is critical to the success of the brand in India.”

Commenting on his new role, Ranganath Budumooru, General Manager, Holiday Inn Express Ahmedabad said, “India is an incredibly exciting place to be. I am thrilled to be a part of the first Holiday Express opening in India. Holiday Inn Express Ahmedabad will be the first of many in the country helping to meet the need for international standard, value and convenience based hotels. I hope to replicate the success of Holiday Inn Express Hammersmith, London UK to this upcoming property. Together with the management and colleagues, we will strive to consistently deliver genuine and focused services in a refreshing and engaging environment.”

A recipient of several accolades, Ranganath holds a Masters degree in Electrical and Electronics from University of Greenwich, UK and Bachelors of Technology from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, India.