Deepa Misra Harris, Senior Vice President - Sales & Marketing, successfully leads and enhances critical hotel sales and marketing programs in India and abroad. Deepa oversees all sales and marketing initiatives for Taj Hotels worldwide, celebrated as India’s original and finest hotel chain offering inspired hospitality, culinary innovation and more. This includes 109 hotels around the globe under four brands: Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces, the Luxury brand which includes the flagship - Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai, city hotels across key metros, three hotels in the U.S., authentic royal palaces in India and Taj Safari Lodges; 23 Vivanta hotels & resorts and 10 upper upscale hotels in India and beyond; 25 Gateway Hotels and Resorts with its footprint across India and South Asia and 24 Ginger hotels. Previously Vice President of Marketing, Ms. Harris has spent 28 years with Taj Hotels. She is the only specialist to have served separately as VP of Sales and VP of Marketing before taking the lead job to oversee both functions. Having worked across most markets, she has played an integral role in the growth of Taj, including the roll-out of the new Vivanta by Taj and Gateway brands. She serves on key industry boards, including PATA, Experience India (the India Ministry of Tourism’s private/public think tank partnership), the Luxury Marketing Council of India, and on the marketing advisory board for Leading Hotels of the World. Ms. Harris is also the first hospitality executive representative to be named by a leading business publication to India’s prestigious list of the top 50 women (two years in a row) whose proven leadership skills have helped them successfully break through the glass ceiling to triumph in their fields. She began her career as a features editor with India’s only Fashion magazine of the time, where she spent two years shaping editorial coverage and trends. She holds a post graduation degree in English from Delhi University’s Lady Sriram college, one of India’s top colleges along with a degree in Mass Communications.