Behind the Scenes: Banyan Tree GM Sriram Kailasam

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Originally I’m from India, I have relocated to Australia many years ago and that is where our kids were born and we have a home. My parents had nothing to do with the hospitality industry although they did give me a lot of the values that have earned me the relative success so far.

In India, if you don’t get 95% or more you have no chance of getting into the top universities and I was clearly not one of them. So I came upon the hospitality by chance and found that it suited my personality. Although being an introvert and loving food, I chose to specialize in the culinary field.

 I have done about 8 different roles in my 13 year career with Banyan Tree and each one has challenged and taught me so many things and there are not many organizations that would afford such opportunities. I worked in India, Australia, Cambodia, been involved in projects around the globe – all the way from North Africa to South America to China.

It’s nice to be important but it's more important to be nice.

 I’d describe myself as someone who enjoys the everyday challenge and the leading a team to solve them creatively.

 My job is something meaningful and gives an opportunity to make a difference.

 Most important things to me are family, home and work.

Golf is one of my passions. Aside from that I do run infrequently.


 What are your favorite movies and books?

Shawshank Redemption and Godfather by Mario Puzo

 What is your favorite cuisine?


 What are your main characters in just two words?

Positive and empathetic

 What pisses you off?


Favorite joke:

 This is the cleanest one, I could remember!!

A turkey was chatting with a bull. "I would love to be able to get to the top of that tree, but, I haven't got the energy".

"Well, why don't you nibble on some of my droppings?" replied the bull "They're packed with nutrients."

The turkey pecked at a lump of dung and found that it actually gave him enough strength to reach the first branch of the tree. The next day, after eating some more dung, he reached the second branch.

Finally after a fortnight, there he was proudly perched at the top of the tree. He was promptly spotted by a farmer, who shot the turkey out of the tree.

Management Lesson: Bullshit might get you to the top, but it won't keep you there.