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Nitin Bapna, Group Director of Finance, Minor Hotels

Grow With Us, features a monthly series of eight inspirational stories of team members and their career journeys with Minor Hotels so far.  

Our fifth story features Nitin Bapna, Group Director Finance, Minor Hotels. Nitin started with Minor Hotels in 2012 as Director of Finance, based out of the corporate office in Bangkok. He was then promoted to the newly-created role of Group Director of Finance – Corporate, reporting into the Senior Vice President of Finance.

Stay tuned for the next story in March…

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How can we ensure you meet your full potential?

To enable our next generation of leaders, Minor Hotels works to identify a number of our most talented individuals and empower them with high-impact career coaching, training and support in achieving individually determined objectives. See a brief overview of our three Leadership Journeys and stories from three recent participants:


Ascent is open to new hospitality management graduates. This journey fast tracks graduate to their preferred career destination. Following a 6-month rotation through all hotel departments at the Assistant Manager level, Ascent trainees spend another 12-months specializing in one department as an Assistant Department Head.


Endeavour aims to support the development of our internal high potential, high performing Heads of Department within the Minor Hotels team. After nomination by General Managers and a selection process, the Endeavour leaders grow with us on a journey of 9 months through a combination of on-the-job learning, coaching, peer learning in group sessions, leadership development and three projects focusing on customer service, a corporate social responsibility event and revenue maximization. A formal assessment of their growth takes place at the end of their journey and thereafter they are ready to move into their next role in their career.


Horizon is open to high performing, high potential leaders in number two roles in Minor hotels. After nomination by General Managers and a selection process, the participants embark on a custom-designed journey of 9 months following a road-map of growth merging learning via participation in special projects and leadership development supported by coaching and peer learning. In addition, Horizon leaders complete three projects on customer service, a sustainable corporate social responsibility partnership and revenue maximization.  A formal assessment of their growth takes place at the end of their journey and thereafter they are ready to take on the challenge of their next career step.

Leadership Journeys

  • Wayne Tan Hong Yee

    Ascent 2016 - 2017

    “At my first placement hotel the Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara I met two important mentors who coached and trained me well in order to take on a leadership role within Minor Hotels. As a trainee at the Front Office of Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel, my leadership ability has made a massive improvement and I am excited to further develop during my 12 month specialisation."

    About Wayne:

    Joined Minor Hotels as an Ascent Programme Trainee in April 2016, following Bachelor’s Graduation from Les Roches International School of Hotel Management, Bluche, Switzerland.

  • Ioannis Kosmas

    Endeavour 2016

    “The Endeavour program has helped me to better understand the expectations of Minor Hotels towards its leaders and how to reach them. Also it is a forum to discuss the challenges that one could face in her/his property and practices that we can apply in order to overcome these challenges. The speed that Minor Hotels is growing excites me a lot. Also the leadership management from corporate office and the General Managers who are eager to innovate and create new guests experiences.”

    About Ioannis:

    Joined Minor Hotels in February 2014 as a Director of Leisure and Recreation at the Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara. In August 2015 he moved to his current position to support the re-branding of the Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels to join our AVANI Brand. 

  • Brynn Oosthuis

    Horizon 2016

    “The Horizon program has been very informative thus far and has shown me new techniques for coaching and developing both my team and myself. 
    I have particularly enjoyed working on my customer service project which has a direct impact on our customer experience. The Corporate Social Responsibility project is also very rewarding as it give us the chance to give back to the local community.”

    About Brynn:
    Began his Minor Hotels career in 2009 as Assistant Reservations Manager & Reservations Manager (Cluster) at our Anantara Maldives Resorts, followed by several positions within the Anantara Vacation Club Team he eventually became Director of Club Services Anantara Vacation Club.