Dillip Rajakarier is CEO of Minor Hotels (MH), a subsidiary of Minor International (MINT) and COO for MINT. Rajakarier joined MH in 2007 as Chief Finance & Investment Officer and was promoted to COO in 2008. In 2011 he was promoted to CEO. During his time with the company he has seen the group’s core Anantara brand grow from just a handful of properties to become a leading operator and developer, currently with 35 luxury properties in operation. Since joining MH from Orient-Express Hotels, Trains & Cruises, Rajakarier has been instrumental in the expansion of the hotel portfolio, including the addition of ‘Elewana Afrika’, the acquisition of PER AQUUM, a strategic partnership with Sun International and most recently acquiring the Tivoli Hotels & Resorts brand which was the group’s largest ever transaction. In 2011 Mr. Rajakarier oversaw the acquisition of Oaks Hotels & Resorts which represented MH’ first foray into the Pacific and then doubled the company’s hotel interests, which currently comprises 152 properties and almost 20,000 keys in 22 countries. Rajakarier is tasked with growing MH to 197 hotels by 2019 and expanding the group’s Anantara and AVANI brands, in addition to strategic acquisitions across the group’s growing footprint.