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January 2012 - Dallas

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INSIDE THE RADHA ARORA Head of One of the world's top purveyors of resorts and hotels has a brand-new man — and he's got credentials in spades. Meet Radha Arora, a 30-year force in the luxury-lodging biz and the new president of Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, based here in Dallas. He's detail-obsessed (no rumpled drapes or specks of dust allowed); he's dapper (he's mad for Domenico Vacca and Ralph Lauren Black Label); and he's droll (his sense of humor peppers every conversation). We sat down with the cool commander-in-chief to learn more — a lot more. What did we uncover? Let's just say you may want to work "Chardonnay Hour" into your routine immediately. The Ritz London By Lauren Mang. Portrait George Fiala. Welcome to Dallas! What have been the two biggest adjustments since moving here from Beverly Hills, where you were the regional VP and GM of the Beverly Wilshire? Dallas is a warmer and friendlier city, and the traffic is much better here. Defining moments in your career? The first is when I was appointed the youngest general manager in the history of the Ritz London. The second is, undoubtedly, being named president of Rosewood Hotels & Resorts. How did you earn your first dollar? Pumping gas at a service station outside of London on the weekends — somewhat fitting since I'm now living in the heart of oil-and-gas country. The Rosewood Crescent Hotel Alexander McQueen Fall 2011 Ryan Seacrest, man of style Arora's can't-live-without ritual: Chardonnay plus playlist equals Chardonnay Hour MICHAEL BODYCOMB Arora's stylish Tom Ford specs The Richard Meier–designed Rachofsky House JANUARY | PAGE 15 | 2012

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