TORONTO — Reetu Gupta, president and CEO of The Gupta Group and Easton’s Group of Hotels since 2018, will be taking on a new role of ambassadress and principal effective immediately. In this role, Gupta will remain owner and will be representing ownership interests to diversify the companies’ portfolios with greater emphasis on philanthropic work, mentorship and women empowerment.
Gupta has been strategically diversifying The Gupta Group, the parent company of the Easton’s Group of Hotels, since she launched the business in 2012. That same year, she progressed the firm into residential real estate and in 2014, she launched Gupta Group Mining. Under her management, Gupta successfully grew the companies to more than $1 billion in assets by Q2 2018.
Gupta’s diversification efforts didn’t slow down at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, when majority of hotel operators were shutting their doors, Gupta added two new hotels to the portfolio and also exceeded market-revenue expectations. Gupta’s leadership allowed Easton’s to keep 90 per cent of its properties open, retaining employment opportunities in one of the hardest-hit sectors.
In addition to her work in the hotel sector, Gupta also dedicates time to helping those in need. During the pandemic, she launched the Project Kindness Campaign, which aims to spread kindness as the world deals with the effects of COVID-19. Moreover, she re-launched her family’s foundation to develop solar-powered schools in the Bidibidi Refugee Settlement in northwestern Uganda and has also provided more than 1,000 oxygen tanks and 300 oxygen concentrators to India in May 2021 to help fight an intense wave COVID-19. The foundation led another initiative to donate 400 tablets to Cornerstone Jamaica to help children access educational resources.
“My time as president and CEO of The Gupta Group and Easton’s Group of Hotels was incredibly transformative, rewarding, and an once-in-a-lifetime experience that I will always cherish,” says Gupta. “I’m incredibly excited and inspired as I step up and into this new role of ambassadress. I have always been incredibly passionate about philanthropy, mentorship and women empowerment, and this new role really allows me to further this passion and continue to create positive change and impact across the globe.”
“I’m filled with pride and excitement for Reetu, and while she is no longer fulfilling her day-to-day duties as CEO, her presence and expertise for our businesses will remain unwavering,” says Dr. Steve Gupta, founder and chairman, The Gupta Group and Easton’s Group of Hotels. “Reetu has done many incredible things for our organization and is a natural-born leader. Her drive to create positive change and help those in need is exceptional and we’re all very proud of her for stepping into this new role of Ambassadress, continuing to represent our portfolio of businesses with class and professionalism as she has always done.”