Divya Prakash Ahuja

Divya Prakash Ahuja

With over 20 years of experience in leading Operations, Development, Sales & Marketing and Customer Care and a proven ability to form & lead large teams managing complex operations, Mr. Ahuja is a Management Graduate from the Department of Management Studies, Chennai and also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Hotel Management.

Mr. Ahuja has also been an advisor with the India Tourism Board, Indonesia Tourism Development Authority, a consulting journalist for various tourism and hotel publications and a guest speaker and panelist on global travel fairs and seminars, he was also recently a speaker at the Indonesia Development Conference in 2012, 2013 as well as 2014, besides this he has been a Guest Faculty and trainer at the prestigious Oberoi Centre for learning and other management institutes. He is also part of the think tank team advising the government of a Middle Eastern country for economic development.

Divya is the founder of the LiveBean’s Hospitality business besides being the founding director of LiveBean and in his earlier roles was with hospitality companies like Hyatt, Mandarin Oriental, Oberoi’s and Ananda. In his last role with Shangri-La Hotels he was leading operations, prior to which he set up and lead the S&M division for the launch of Shangri-La Jakarta Residences besides managing the 700 keys Hotel, in his erstwhile roles with the group he was also a part of the core team to develop and launch their property in Chang-Mai, Thailand, assist in developing their property in Mumbai, India besides launching their luxury hotel in New Delhi, India.

Prior to joining Shangri-La Mr. Ahuja had lead a B2B Retail business besides working in consulting with EXL Services Ltd, where he was Asst. Vice President – Marketing & Sales, as part of the senior management team he was responsible for developing aggressive strategies for customer acquisition and support the front-end sales team.

Mr. Ahuja started his career in 1995 as an Executive-Marketing & Promotion, with Wizcraft and then went on to do his MBA. Post his MBA, he joined the Oberoi Group of Hotels as an Asst. Sales Manager (Northern Region) and was soon promoted to the position of Assistant Marketing Manager (Corporate Marketing & Distribution). Thereafter, as Head - Strategic Planning, Bates India, he led a team of strategic planners and provided inputs on Brand Planning , Research & Communication for existing and new accounts such as Nokia Asia.

From Bates India at the age of 27 he went on to join Mandarin Oriental Ananda in the Himalayas as Director of Marketing ( one of the youngest business leaders in Asia). At Ananda he was responsible for Sales, Reservations, Marketing, PR & promotions, Product Development, Brand Positioning and total revenue generation of the business unit. He was also responsible for opening and operating the Sales & Marketing of 3 international sales office of IHHR (The Parent Company of Ananda). Mr. Ahuja, thereafter, went on to become Director of Marketing, Park Hyatt Goa Resort & Spa, where he was responsible for total revenue generation besides establishing the unit as a strong brand globally.

Mr. Ahuja is a resident of Indonesia and his interests include Dramatics, Choreography, Traveling, Reading & Writing and he is an avid Sportsperson.

Entrepreneurial Experience

  • Founder Director LiveBean Hospitality, Indonesia, Dubai
  • Director LiveBean Consulting East Africa, India

Professional Experience

  • Head Operations – Shangri-La Asia
  • COO – IHDP
  • Astt Vice President – EXL Services
  • Director S&M – Shangri-La - Jakarta, Chang Mai , Delhi
  • Director S&M – Hyatt , Ananda , Mandarin Oriental
  • Group Head – Bates