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Vision Statement

Our family finds that the dynamic ownership of a diversified business with a spirit of entrepreneurship, built on a tradition of integrity, discipline, humility, community service, hard work and fun to be the most meaningful activity.
We wish to become and remain industry leaders and deliver outstanding value to our customers, achieved through world class performance and quality, by committed people who share our values.


Mr. Karan Paul, Group Chairman
Karan Paul is the Chairman of Apeejay Surrendra Group. Karan Paul oversees Group financial planning and business strategy, Group diversification into new business ventures and operations as well as management of Group's Tea, Shipping divisions as well as its Schools. Karan’s first business as an entrepreneur was a finance company and a stock-broking company.
He ran those businesses for about 10 years and sold them in 2006-07. So at the age of just 35, Karan Paul had turned around and sold two businesses exposing him to the complete business cycle from inception to finish and a profitable sale. Notably he hived off the two Financial Services companies choosing partners who would grow the business and add value to his customers whose trust his companies had enjoyed tremendously for over a decade.

Under his stewardship, Apeejay Surrendra has made very large business investments and expanded across various business verticals especially its core businesses of Shipping and Hotels. The Group has forward integrated its Tea Plantation business by acquiring an FMCG brand which retails in nearly 50 countries globally. The Group has diversified into new business ventures of Marine Cluster, Logistics Parks which has effected backward and forward integration of its Shipping Business. The Real Estate division has incremented Land Banks and consolidated as well as grown Real Estate commercial developments across India.

With a sense of shared ownership and a deep belief in the joint family business Karan Paul works with his sisters, Priya and Priti Paul, as a team involved in oversight of Apeejay Surrendra’s growth and management. The same approach flows within the Group where Karan has tried to evolve away from the family owned concept to that of a team backed by an extremely professional HR structure ; a professional system with a lot of delegation and responsibility given to Group top management, the CEOs and HODs.

After working in various positions within the Group for 12 years, Karan donned the mantle of Chairmanship in 2004 and immediately set the Group on a path of consolidation and growth. Working Hard, Being Humane, Being Reliable, Doing good business with trust, integrity and fairness, Ensuring a win-win partnership for everybody related to the enterprise, whether it is employees, suppliers, customers or bankers, is the Family legacy and values Karan was born to and ensures that they remain intact as the business grows. Within less than a decade of joining the Group Karan put in place a system of providing grants to students pursuing higher studies in India and abroad through The Paul Foundation set up in 2001. A year after he became Chairman, Typhoo Tea, a company he acquired in what was then India’s 2nd largest global FMCG acquisition began its partnership with the English Federation of Disability Sport to make sport more accessible for disabled people across the UK.

Karan Paul has evolved a comprehensive strategy that funnels resources into the Social Sector, Education, Environment and Stakeholder Relations, all executed through institutionalized processes at the corporate level while each Group company invests in sustainability and social sector partnerships within communities attached to their business. Karan created India’s pioneering National Award for Volunteers in 2011 that took forward the Individual Social Responsibility™ program instituted in the Group in 2007 which he had put his weight behind, three years after he ascended to Chairmanship. Confederation of NGOs (iCONGO) felicitated Karan Paul with its coveted ‘Karmaveer Puraskaar, 2012 Corporate Citizen for Holistic CSR Initiatives’ award. The award was in recognition of commendable work in the field of social service and for interpreting responsibilities in the broadest and deepest terms - as an individual and as a leader of Apeejay Surrendra Group - adjudicated by processes created by the international HR audit firm Mercer and Grant Thornton.

A Brown University alumnus, Karan Paul's vision is that Apeejay Surrendra Group should become and remain one of India's largest and the most profitable privately owned family business. In the past and at present, Karan has been on the Executive Committees of various Chambers of Commerce like CII, FICCI, ICC, Bharat Chamber of Commerce, Bengal Chamber of Commerce and actively involved with reputed trade organizations and professional forums like YPO, YLF, INSA, ITA, etc.

Ms. Priya Paul
Art collector and design aficionado Priya Paul is Chairperson of Apeejay Surrendra Park Hotels in India.
Priya Paul started her career under her father, the Late Surrendra Paul, as the Marketing Manager of The Park in New Delhi. A prominent business woman and one of the most revered personalities in the hospitality industry; Priya Paul is the creative powerhouse behind
country's leading collection of contemporary luxury boutique hotels – The Park. She has worked tirelessly towards building a brand that is synonymous with her unique creative energy and is well recognized for her leadership qualities.

Priya Paul is a founding member of the World Travel and Tourism Council – India Initiative and has been appointed as the Chairperson for the year 2013. She is also a Trustee of the India Foundation for the Arts (IFA) and Chairperson, South Asia Women’s Fund and a member of Harvard Business Schools’ India Advisory Board. She is also an Executive Committee Member and Ex-President of the Hotel Association of India.

Under her direction, The Park Hotels have emerged as stylish, edgy, fun and warm – a true reflection of her personality and her passion for modern art and design.

Priya Paul was recently honored as a forbearer of the contemporary travel industry alongside Ian Schrager, Nick Jones and others at the LE Miami 2015, the world’s first invitation-only travel tradeshow to reflect the shift in luxury and contemporary travel.

Priya Paul has also been conferred with the insignia of Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Merite (National Order of Merit) in 2014 for her significant contribution to strengthening links between India and France.
She has been awarded the Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian honour, for her services to Trade & Industry by the President of India.

She has also received the FHRAI (Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Association of India) Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2000, was recognized by Forbes online as one of India’s 100 most powerful business women in 2006, and took home the Zee Astitva Award in the Business category in 2008. She has also been awarded the ‘Spa Personality of the Year’ for the year 2009-10 by Asiaspa India, India Today Woman in Business Award and PHD Chamber-Distinguished Women Entrepreneur Award for 2009-2010 and has been inducted into the FHRAI Hall of Fame in 2010.

Priya Paul’s design sensibilities are well-acknowledged in the industry. To reaffirm the same, she was awarded for “Excellence in Design Innovation 2011” by Condé Nast Traveller India, at a glittering event in New Delhi. This honor was for seamlessly combining her passion for boutique hotels and her love of contemporary art and high-function design. Also, “Designomist 2011” at VGC Designomics 2011 was bestowed to Ms. Paul for creating unique experiences for the guests across the world with a visual feast of design aesthetics and originality in each of the exquisitely designed boutique hotels.

Priya Paul has been working in this industry for 25 years and it has been a journey to create something different, out of the ordinary and something that is inexplicable. She was awarded the Aatithya Ratna Award by Hotel Investment Forum India, 2011. This award was established by HIFI to honor an individual who exemplifies the extraordinary spirit of hospitality. To commemorate her contribution to the hotel industry for last 25 years, ‘Hall of Fame 2011’ was bestowed to her by Hotelier India. In 2012, Fortune India listed Priya Paul among the 50 powerful business women in India for the second consecutive year.

Priya Paul has a BA in Economics from Wellesley College. She also completed the Owner President Management Program at Harvard Business School.

Ms. Priti Paul
Educated at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University and Architectural Association School of Architecture, UK, Royal Institute of British Architects, Priti Paul has been at the forefront of taking over the business of the century old Apeejay Surrendra Group post her father’s assassination in 1990. Since then, she has spearheaded the real estate division of the Group which included expanding the
business of the Oxford Bookstore in India and abroad, launched India’s first gallery on new media art – Apeejay Media Gallery, conceptualized, designed and launched a range of projects in India and abroad and set up the London Office of Apeejay Shipping Limited. Priti Paul, is also the creative force behind the iconic Oxford Bookstore, the best equipped 'base-camp' for journeys of the mind established in 1921. In 1995, on the Heritage store's platinum anniversary, the iconic store was refashioned as Oxford Bookstore - Gallery. Since then, she has made Oxford into India’s favourite bookstore, taking the Brand to unprecedented heights and across India.

She is also the creator of ABC Desi, an alphabet book with a distinct Indian flavour, handcrafted using various techniques giving a charming new life to the typical ABC book, through the revival of the almost lost Indian craft of billboard painting. The book is a visual celebration and a rich source of cultural reference and inspiration.

She has also been at the forefront of education for children coming from economically weaker sections of the society which is manifested through the Apeejay Anand Children’s Library run for the benefit of street children.

Priti Paul is a member of prestigious organizations like Royal Institute of British Architects, Women in Shipping and Trade Association (WISTA), England, India Committee of American Bureau of Shipping, USA, FICCI Committee of Art and Business of Art, India, Harvard Club India, MIT Club India.
pyare lal

Lala Pyare Lal, Founder 1890~1944

Shri Surrendra Paul, Chairman 1982 ~ 1990
1935 ~ 1990

Shri Jit Paul, Advisor 1990 ~ 2009
1923 ~ 2009

Mrs. Shirin Paul, Chairperson Emeritus
1944 ~ 2023