The 93-year-old ‘Biki’ has been instrumental in propelling both brand Oberoi and Indian hospitality to greater heights.
Renowned hotelier Prithviraj Singh Oberoi has resigned from his role as Executive Chairman and Director of the Oberoi Group’s flagship company EIH Limited due to ill health. Popularly known as ‘Biki’, the 93-year-old hospitality doyen has also stepped down from his position as Chairman and Director of EIH Limited’s subsidiary EIH Associated Hotels.
The veteran has passed on the baton to Arjun Singh Oberoi (currently Managing Director, Development, EIH Limited) and Shib Sanker Mukherji (presently Vice-Chairman, EIH Associated) at EIH Limited and EIH Associated Hotels respectively.
PRS Oberoi is the son of Rai Bahadur Mohan Singh Oberoi, founder of the marquee hospitality company. In 2002, he took over as Chairman of EIH Limited following the demise of his father, while he also remained CEO of EIH Ltd until 2013. He has not only received several accolades such as the ‘Outstanding Business Leader Award’ by the Chambers of Commerce and Industries and Society of Indian Law Firms but his contribution to India’s tourism sector has been recognised by the government. He has even been awarded the Padma Vibhushan.
Under his leadership, the EIH group expanded its repertoire to the management of 33 properties that have helped to put India on the global luxury travel map. But of special mention is PRS’ role in establishing the Trident brand of hotels in six cities across India. He also established The Oberoi Centre of Learning and Development in 1967 with the aim of raising the standard of India’s then nascent hospitality industry.