CEO, MALLS-RUNWAL GROUP,
From being a hotel specialist with over three decades of international hotel and resort experience to taking over the mantle as Director of Phoenix Market City Pune, Mr. Rajiv Malla’s journey has been extraordinary. With years of experience in operations, sales & business development, and renovation in both the hospitality and retail space, currently working as CEO for Runwal Group, Mumbai for their 4 Malls including R City Ghatkopar and 3 more Malls, besides new Malls coming up in
Pune, Andheri etc. Prior to this, he worked with the Phoenix Marketcity Group and was heading the entire project in Pune consisting of the Mall & retail operations as well as the entire mixed land use project of the 3.5 Million sq. ft. i.e. Phoenix Marketcity Pune.
Mr. Malla is a Hospitality graduate from India’s leading hotel management institute, IHM Mumbai, besides which he also holds an MBA in Finance & Marketing from the University of Hong Kong. He stared his career as a Management Trainee with the Air India owned subsidiary hotel chain – Hotel Corporation of India. Thereafter, Mr.Malla was associated as General
Manager with the world’s most prominent international hotel brands like Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, and Intercontinental Hotel Group Asia Pacific to name a few. Mr. Malla’s multi-faceted experience spans not only the country’s metro cities like Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, and Pune; but also extends beyond India’s borders in countries including Kuwait, Nepal & East Africa. Mr. Malla has worked with people from numerous diverse cultural backgrounds and he counts people management as one of his specialties. Mr.
Malla is a strong implementer of ‘change’ to improve productivity, reduce costs and re-energize operations, with a proven
As a person, he is a simple, fun loving and humble personality with a plethora of Hospitality & Retail industry knowledge. Apart from being a thorough professional at the personal front Mr. Malla is a family man with an appetite & love towards all kinds of food. So being a self-confessed foodie himself, in the spare time he loves to cook for his family & friends. Besides this he also enjoys watching international cinema and plays golf. He is also an avid traveler and has visited all corners of the earth, from Australia to USA, but still has a bucket list of destinations which includes South America, Japan etc to name a few.
He is involved with many NGO’s and supports their causes very strongly.
Under his leadership, Phoenix Market City Pune was acknowledged with over 55 awards by the Retail fraternity since 2011 and given “Times Men of the Year” 2018 award for Retail Excellence. Mr. Malla has set many new benchmarks in the retail landscape in Pune and across the country. Mr. Malla continues to set the standard for other retail experiences to emulate across the country which became the most preferred lifestyle entertainment and shopping destination for Punekar’s.