MR. LALIT NIRULA
Lalit Nirula is a second generation member of a family that has been in the Hotel and Restaurant industry for 78 years. The business, which he joined in December 1967, has successfully brought to an over 4000 year old traditional society with classical and street food culture, new non-traditional food products, innovative concepts and modern work culture. The Company was considered leaders in their field of family foods, being the largest Indian owned restaurant chain in the Indian sub-continent when the family owned the company. From one hotel and three restaurants in a single location in 1967, the group by mid 2006, when the family divested their shareholding, had grown to 3 Hotels and 64 Food and Beverage sales outlets in 39 locations with over 40,000 customers visiting the outlets daily. The group also made a variety of packaged processed foods and ice cream, cheese, bakery and confectionary products.
After completing his Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honours in Economics from St. Stephans College at Delhi University, India, Mr. Nirula graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel Administration from Cornell University in January 1966
Mr. Nirula’s personal commitment to education has involved him actively with a number of educational and charitable institutions. These range from village and urban slum schools to the best private schools, colleges and institutes of liberal arts and science, home economics and hotel management in the Indian sub-continent, including the National Council for Hotel Management and Catering Technology and the All India Board of Hotel Management and & Catering Technology of the All India Council for Technical Education. He is also involved with the Blind Relief Association, Durgabhai Deshmukh College of Delhi University, Shroff Eye Hospital etc.
Mr. Nirula was active in Hospitality Industry affairs and is a past President of the National Restaurant Association of India and the Hotel and Restaurant Association of North India. He was the President of the Indian chapter of the Cornell Hotel Society and of the Delhi Chapter and was alsoan Executive Committee member of the Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Associations of India for over a decade.He is now doing his second 4 year stint as a Member of the Cornell University Council. Mr. Nirula has also given talks and headed panels often at the annual convention of the Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Associations of India, etc.