Raymond N. Bickson is a consultant with Grahall and a true, globally recognized hotelier with over 40 years of global hospitality industry experience. As Principal & Chief Executive Officer of New York's Bickson Hospitality Group LLC, he heads a global consultancy for all facets of hospitality management. Previously, Raymond spent 12 years in Mumbai as Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer for Taj Hotel Group, growing the company's $1 billion portfolio from 62 hotels to 137 properties under four differentiated brands while also overseeing diversified interests in transportation, airline catering and real estate. His prior experience includes 27 years in management positions with the Rafael Group Hoteliers and Regent International Hotels. He is a graduate of Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne and holds advanced management certificates from Harvard Business School and Cornell Hotel School.
Raymond is a member of the Board of Trustees of The Culinary Institute of America (CIA). He completed in May 2019 a 15 year term on the International Advisory Board of the Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL) in Switzerland and served for 12 years as member of The Leading Hotels of the World (LHW) Executive Committee. His recent recognition includes a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Hospitality Investment Conference South Asia in Mumbai, India.