Named VP of Hotel Operations for North America
At Sofitel Luxury Hotels in New York - NY, USA
Sofitel Luxury Hotels has named Balendra Nagesvaran vice president of hotel
operations for North America, where he will oversee operations for all of Accor’s luxury
hotels in the United States and Canada. In his new role, he will also act as the general
manager for the brand’s flagship Sofitel New York. Nagesvaran brings to his position
more than 26 years of experience in international hotel operations and management.
He was previously based in Miami, where he served concurrently as general manager of
Sofitel Miami and area general manager with responsibilities overseeing Accor’s East
Coast luxury hotels.
Nagesvaran has been with Accor for over 23 years in locations as diverse as New York,
Bangkok and Chiang Mai, Thailand, and Colombo and Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka. He spent
his early career in Toronto, holding a variety of management positions at Westin,
Sheraton and Hilton hotels from 1987 to 1990.
Nagesvaran was born in Sri Lanka and was raised in its capital, Colombo, and in
Toronto. He attended the University of Massachusetts Hospitality and Tourism program
and has attended Cornell university executive programs over the years. He was a
board member of the Miami Hotel Association, where he won multiple years of diversity
awards, as well as part of the advisory board at the Florida Hospitality School. He has
also been honored with the prestigious Bernarch award from Accor. He is married with