Managing Director, Kuoni India
An industry veteran with over 26 years of experience across industries, Rajeev Wagle is the Managing Director, Kuoni India. Prior to this, Rajeev was working with UTV Software Communications Ltd as their Group Chief Financial Officer. He was involved in concluding India's first cross border merger of two listed companies, obtaining funds under innovative structures from bankers & institutions for the media business of the company and implementation of an enterprise wide ERP for the group under a pay for use model.
Rajeev has an extensive experience in the travel sector due to his long association with Kuoni India. He joined Kuoni India in 2000 as Chief Financial Officer and was involved in integration of SITA, the setting up of VFS & expanding their service to over 40 countries and setting up of Shared Service Centers for accounting which were the first of their kind in India in the travel industry and in the Kuoni world.
Rajeev is a B.Com from Mumbai University and is qualified Chartered Accountant, Cost Accountant and Company Secretary. He started his career as Management Accountant of Garware Wall Ropes Limited then moved on as General Manager - Finance of Datamatics Ltd. In 1993 he became General Manager - Finance of AFL Limited, one of the leading logistics companies, and later it's CFO in 1998. He was involved in building and financing state of the art hubs for the DHL division, raising private equity, demerging the Travel division into a joint venture with Carlson Wagonlit, a world leader in travel.
He was recently honored as one of the Most Influential Persons in the award category of Tour Operator & Business Travel presented by Outbound Travel Mart (OTM).
Chief Human Resources Officer, Outbound & Specialists Division & Head of Group Training & Development
Starting with Product Development with Carona Ltd in 1988, she managed the portfolio of Product Manager for Puma Brand of sports shoes and heading sales for the company. She also developed the franchise network pan India. In 1995, she moved on to Eureka Forbes to manage Customer Network for its Industrial Sales Division. For a short period in 1998 she managed client servicing as Account Group Head with Triton Communications.
In 1999 Alpana joined Achieve Global, India at the start-up phase as a Consultant and by 2002 she was heading the company’s India business. During her tenure she implemented several global implementations for large Multinational Companies and facilitated training sessions across diverse cultures.
In 2005 she joined Kuoni India as Head - Training & Development and by 2007 she was the Global Head - Training & Development at Kuoni India. In August 2010, Alpana moved to HCC as Vice President –HR.
Her association with Kuoni India resumed in April 2011 when she joined as Global HR Business Partner – Market Region South Asia. She also serves as the member of the Management Council, India.
Chief Executive Officer,
Tour Operating, Kuoni India
Vishal Suri is an engineering graduate with B.E. in Electrical and has over 22 years of experience across consumer centric industries like Office Automation, Internet, Telecom and Travel in start-up as well as mature and established firms.
Vishal Suri joins Tour Operating from Thomas Cook where he was the Chief Operating Officer
Leisure Travel (Inbound & Charters). In this role, he accomplished a business turn-around by setting the slacking business unit back on the growth trajectory within a short span of 18 months.
Vishal joined Thomas Cook in 2005 and progressed to become the Chief Operating Officer – Leisure Travel (Outbound & Domestic) in 2007. He launched unique positioning for Thomas Cook with the "Holidaywallas" campaign and made the brand relevant to consumers across various price segments through a 360 degree communication campaign. He also launched "Indulgence" brand that catered exclusively to the luxury travel space. He established MICE & NRI businesses for the company from scratch.
He has played leadership roles while rolling out new products and business models in consumer businesses. He has exceptional skills in maintaining inter-personal relationship and has a sound reputation of managing and developing dynamic teams.
Chief Executive Officer, Kuoni
Business Travel, Kuoni India
Having graduated from Goa university with a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering, Manoj holds over 15 years of extensive work across the travel and aviation business.
Prior to joining Kuoni Business Travel, Manoj ran a successful consulting practice that provided business solutions to small/midsize airlines and companies in the travel sector. He was instrumental in providing strategic guidance to multiple airlines and travel companies. Earlier to that, he was associated with Kingfisher Airlines and was their Executive Vice President (Commercial). He has also managed strategic relationships across airlines, IATA, trade bodies, large corporate houses, travel companies, GSAs etc. In his past assignments, he has worked with renowned companies like Emirates as well as American Express, where he was their Vice President and country head for the business travel division.
A charismatic leader, Manoj carries with him a deep experience in business development and a vast knowledge of travel business.
Chief Executive Officer Kuoni Destination Management, India & South Asia
Dipak Deva assumed the role of CEO Destination Management, India & South Asia, Kuoni Destination Management in 2007. Kuoni Travel India Pvt. Ltd, is the country's largest travel and tourism company and a 100% subsidiary of Kuoni Travel Holding, Switzerland. Kuoni Destination Management India is spearheaded by two specialist brands, Sita and Distant Frontiers.
Dipak is proud to be associated with Kuoni, a Company that realises the importance of experiential travel based on principles of Responsible Tourism, Social Consciousness, Environmental Concerns and Unique Cultural Experiences that bring diverse communities together and increase understanding, making these elements the core of its travel experience.
The Company has been awarded the Ministry of Tourism Award for excellence in service and highest foreign exchange earnings, 23 times till now and the National tourism Award 2010-2011 for Responsible Tourism Project/Initiative for Empowerment of Women.
Dipak initially started his career in Jaipur in 1989, as the Branch Manager of Travel Corporation of India (TCI), Dipak served his last at TCI as the General Manager, Inbound at Mumbai. He specialised in taking people's most prized possession, their leisure time and making their dreams come true. He went on to join hands as one of the partners of Distant Frontiers until Kuoni India acquired the company in 2006.
With a specialisation in commerce, Mr. Deva is continuously committed by business demands yet with a balance of economic development while improving the quality of life of the workforce and their families as well as of the community and society at large.
He is actively involved in various tourism related bodies. At present he is the Chairperson World Travel & Tourism Council India Initiative, Co-Chairman Tourism Committee of FICCI and a member of the CII National Committee on Tourism.
Head-Finance & Commercial, Kuoni India
Brijesh Modi joined Kuoni India in 2012 as Head of Finance & Commercial. In this role, he has been responsible for strategic business and commercial planning. Brijesh has also been instrumental in establishing and monitoring corporate financial policies, procedures and controls.
In his career spanning across over 13 years, Brijesh has worked across industries like automobile, travel and tourism and financial services. In his last assignment, Brijesh was with Thomas Cook (India) Ltd. as Finance Controller. He also has been associated with Tata Motors Ltd, India's largest automobile manufacturer, for business planning.
His core area of expertise lies in Finance & Accounts, Strategy, Planning and Decision support.
He is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has exceptional skill in executing complex tasks involving people from across functions.