Lebua Group of hotels, proud to mark a new milestone in the history of Lucknow by appointing first female General Manager in their Lucknow property and the hospitality industry. Sunaina Sharma Manerker has been appointed new GM. She brings with her 18 years of experience within the hospitality industry to her new role. Prior to joining Lebua hotel, she had vast experience holding various executive management positions. Last position she held was Executive Assistant Manager with Alila Hotels & Resorts, Goa.
Sunaina completed her basic schooling from from Holy Child Auxilium School Delhi and completed her graduation from Delhi University. Later she finished her hotel management from Institute of Hotel Management, (IHM) Ahmedabad.
She began her career with Le Meridien New Delhi in year 2000 as Front Office Assistant and never looked back. Besides working for luxury hotels, she also has three years experience in Carnival Cruise Liners / P&O in Front Office area. She also has a vast experience working in numerous properties that includes Radisson hotel Delhi, Crowne Plaza, Westin Pune Koregaon Park Pune, Westin Sohna, Ramada Caravela Beach Resort Goa: Wyndham Hotels & Resortsa nd Alila Diwa Goa to name a few.
Areas of expertise:
In this competitive world, hospitality managers need more than a natural aptitude for leadership to command the top opportunities. Her areas of expertise include Brand Champion, Hotel Operations, Management Relationship, Front Desk Management, Business Strategy, Catering Sales and Guest Experience.
Beginning of journey:
Sunaina wanted to broaden her horizons far more than any other background could. She was not keen in doing stereo types jobs and was looking for something challenging. So joining hospitality was just something. She is a go getter, loved travelling and took hospitality as a medium to pursue her dream to see the world.
First in the family to opt career in hospitality:
In her close and nearest family no one was associated in the hospitality industry. Her parents were very supportive when she chose her career in hospitality industry. But, she was destined to meet her better half on a cruise liner who is from the hotel industry; he supported her all the way during the journey to where she is today.
Deepak Ohri – CEO Lebua group of hotels says “We at Lebua truly believe in women empowerment and proud to appoint Sunaina as General Manager at our Lucknow property. We are confident that this milestone, the appointment of the first female GM at Lucknow, will inspire their women across the region to pursue their career aspirations in hospitality. Even at Lebua Bangkok, a Luxury hotel, we have appointed first Thai Lady General Manager”.
Commenting on her new appointment, Sunaina said: “I am delighted to have the opportunity to join Lebua Lucknow and lead a great team. It’s like a dream come true, working for over 18 years in hospitality with various brands and a vision putting all my learning into action.
She further added “Being a woman I feel we have a high emotional intelligence which is important in the hotel business to anticipate guest needs and get the team to perform better. Meeting and interacting with people from all walks of life on day to day basis is what makes work not feel like work”.
About Lebua Lucknow:
Lebua Lucknow is a Luxury Boutique property, located in central Lucknow and conceptualised as a sprawling traditional bungalow with a huge lush green lawn. It reflects and personifies the “Art Deco” architecture prevailing in the early 1900’s.
Author: Sitaram Mewati
Award winning journalist