ibis welcomes Sita Lekshmi and Pranjali Dhotre as General Managers

Lekshmi and Dhotre both come with over a decade of experience in the hospitality sector and in their new roles will be responsible for the operational success, leadhotel’s hiring, finance, budgets, and overall management of the property.

ibis, a smart economy brand from the Accor stable, appoints  Sita Lekshmi and Pranjali Dhotre as the General Managers of ibis Kochi City Centre and ibis Pune Viman Nagar respectively. Their appointments are a testament to ibis’ belief in women leadership. In their new roles, they will responsible for the operational success, leadhotel’s hiring, finance, budgets, and overall management of the property.

Commenting on the new appointments, Sylvain Laroche, Director of Operations, ibis & ibis Styles, India said, “We are proud to announce the appointment of the two powerful women leaders. Both Sita and Pranjali will be playing a key role in the day-to-day operations as well as the management of our Kochi and Pune properties. I extend a warm welcome and congratulate them on their new roles.”

Lekshmi comes with over 15 years of Hospitality experience including six years with Accor India. Commenting on her appointment, Sita Lekshmi, General Manager, ibis Kochi City Centre said, “I have been a part of the Accor family for over six years now. I am excited to embark on my journey as the General Manager at ibis Kochi City Centre. I look forward to serving the best and take ibis to great heights.”

After spending seven years in hotel operations, Lekshmi joined Accor in April 2014 as Sales Manager for Novotel & ibis Chennai Sipcot and eventually handled the role of Associate Director of Sales for same hotels. She joined the pre-opening team of  Novotel Chennai Chamiers Road as Director of Sales in January 2018 and was instrumental in the successful opening and positioning of the hotel in the market. She comes with a strong operational experience in her initial career journey before moving to Sales. She was part of the India Executive Leadership Program (IELP) in 2017 and as part of her career progression moved to ibis Chennai City Centre as Rooms Division Manager in June 2019.

Pranjali Dhotre has been elevated as the General Manager at ibis Pune Viman Nagar who also has been a part of the Accor family for a decade now.

Commenting on her promotion, Pranjali Dhotre, General Manager, ibis Pune Viman Nagar said, “As I venture on to expand my responsibilities, I thank the management for believing in my potential and giving me this opportunity. I look forward to contributing to ibis’s incredible journey and work with the leadership to deliver upon brand ethos.”

Dhotre brings with her over 12 years of overall hospitality experience and has successfully handled multiple assignments across our network and navigated the hotel through the pandemic while leading from the front.


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