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Mr. Chamaria

Apurva Chamaria

Chief Revenue Officer, RateGain

Apurva Chamaria is the Chief Revenue Officer of RateGain, one of world's leading SaaS company's serving over 12,000+ customers in the travel and hospitality industry across 100+ Countries. In his role, he leads sales, marketing, alliances & customer success across the world.

Prior to RateGain, Mr. Chamaria was the Global Head of Corporate Marketing for HCL Technologies, a US$8-Billion global IT major. Under his leadership HCL became the fastest growing brand in the Interbrand top Indian brands list for 2 years in a row (No. 17 in 2016) and was ranked at No.378 and valued at US$4.4 Billion in the Brand Finance Global 500 2017 league table.

In 2016, Mr. Chamaria was awarded the "Marketer of the Year" by World Leadership Forum, "Digital Marketer of the Year" by IAMAI and "B2B Marketer of the Year" by Paul Writer. He was recently featured in Pluralsight Digi100 List Powered by Paul Writer, the recognition for the top 100 Digital Marketers in India. He also earned a spot on prestigious Campaign Asia-Pacific 40 under 40 in 2018.

Prior to HCL, Mr. Chamaria was the youngest country manager at Ranbaxy Laboratories (now Sun Pharmaceuticals) leading the business in Australia & NZ. He is Recognized by The Economic Times as amongst the top 10 angel investors in India in 2018. Investor at large helping exceptional founders scale companies in Fin-Tech, Global Services, AI, M2M, VR/AR/MR, Content etc & is a investor in companies like Witty Feed, Inc. 42, Josh Talks, Funlockar, Sponsify me, CubeRoot , Chq Book (Fin-Tech), Innov8 (Co-Working), Ahaa & Simulanis (AR/MR/ VR), Lucideus Tech (Cyber-Security) etc.

Mr. Chamaria is also a charter member of TiE, New Delhi. He is a columnist for the Pitch and Digital Market Asia magazines. His book "You are the key - unlocking doors through Social Selling" (Bloomsbury) hit#2 in the Amazon India Best-Sellers list* within 20 days of being launched in Jan 2016 and is currently a best-seller on the WH Smith best-seller list as #1. It was also recognized by Prime-minister Narendra Modi for contributing to Digital India.

Mr. Chamaria is regarded as a thought-leader on "digital transformation" and is regularly quoted in publications. He's a sought after speaker and has key-noted at TED x, IAMAI MarCon, DMAI GMAW, Oracle Cloud World, LinkedIn Tech Connect, Microsoft Ignite, Paul Writer GIIMS, Hindustan Times Top 50 Brands, Exchange for Media Pitch Top 50 Brands etc.

Please visit http://www.rategain.com for more information.

Mr. Chamaria can be contacted at +91 956-062-2700 or apurva@rategain.com

Coming up in August 2020...

Food & Beverage: New Technological Innovations

In the past few years, hotel food and beverage departments have experienced significant growth. Managers are realizing just how much revenue potential this sector holds, both in terms of additional revenue and as a means to enhance the guest experience. As a result, substantial investments are being made in F&B operations as a way to satisfy hotel guests but also to keep pace with the competition. Though it has been a trend for many years, the Farm-to-Table movement shows no signs of abating. Hotel chains are abandoning corporate restaurants and are instead partnering with local chefs to create locally-influenced dining options. Local, farm-sourced ingredients paired with specialty beverages or local wine also satisfies the increasing demand from Millennial travelers who are eager to travel sustainably and contribute to a positive impact. A farm-to-table F&B program also helps to support the local economy, which builds community goodwill. Also popular are "Self-Serv" and "Grab & Go" options. These concepts stem from an awareness that a guest's time is limited and if a hotel can supply them with fast, fresh, food and beverage choices, then so much the better for them. Plus, by placing these specialty kiosks in areas that might be traditionally under-utilized (the lobby, for instance), they can become popular destination locations. Of course, there are new technological innovations as well. In-room, on-screen menus allow guests to order from any restaurant on the property, and some hotels are partnering with delivery companies that make it possible for guests to order food from any restaurant in the area. Also, many hotels are implementing in-room, voice-activated devices, so ordering food via an AI-powered assistant will soon become mainstream as well. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these developments and document what some leading hotels are doing to expand this area of their business.