General Manager - Restaurant Division Jawad Business Group
General Manager, Restaurant Division, Jawad Business Group (www.jawad.com)
Tapan Vaidya is a post-graduate of management studies from NMIMS, India and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from St. Xavier’s College, India.
Having greatly enjoyed his experience working in restaurants during his student years, he continued his career in the same industry, joining The Taj Mahal and Taj Intercontinental Hotel in Mumbai, India. He relocated to the GCC in 1989 to continue with Intercontinental, joining the branded restaurants segment in 1991 as Deputy Country Head with Pizza Hut, till 1994. He was promoted to Country Head for Taco Bell at the time, again moving up within the organization to launch Fuddruckers in the Oman market. In 1999 he was seconded by the franchisor of Fuddruckers to various Middle Eastern markets including Jordan, Syria and Bahrain. In May, 2001 he was offered a position to head the restaurant business for Jawad Business Group based in Bahrain, a position which he holds today. During the period the Group has grown exponentially and now represents over a dozen international restaurant brands trading from locations across the GCC with interests in India and Iraq. Brands he has managed include Papa John's Pizza, Chili's, Jamie's Italian, Thai Express, Outback Steakhouse, Romano's Macaroni Grill, Burger King, Dairy Queen, Hakisushi and a few more.
With 30 years of industry experience and strong organic growth of 15 years within Jawad Business Group, Tapan is well positioned to grow the restaurant business further