Capitan Krishnan Nair, founder of Leela Group of Hotels died on 17 May 2014 in Mumbai. He died at the age of 91. He received the Padma Bhushan award in 2010.
About Krishnan Nair
• Nair was a war veteran was born in Kannur district of Kerala in 1922.
• Nair joined the freedom movement at the age of 13 and joined Indian Army in Bangalore. Later he joined as wireless officer in Abbottabad and he rose to the rank of a captain in the Maratha Light Infantry.
• He founded the Leela Hotel in Mumbai in 1987. He expanded the Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts in a span of 25 years to eight luxury properties in New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Gurgaon, Udaipur, Goa, Chennai and Kovalam.
• The American Academy of Hospitality Sciences (AAHS) awarded him the Lifetime Achievement Award.
• The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) awarded him the Global 500 Roll of Honour award in 1999.