Naveen Kakarla

President & CEO, HHM Independent Collection

Naveen Kakarla is the President and Chief Executive Officer and also on the Board of Directors of HHM, which manages over 120 hotels in the Northeast, Florida, and California.   Naveen helped launch HHM’s “Independent Collection (iC),” which is comprised of nearly twenty five lifestyle hotels in gateway markets across the country.

Naveen is responsible for HHM’s investment and fund management, acquisitions and development, finance and accounting, human resources, and capital projects.  He prior led HHM’s New York City region and also oversaw its construction and technical services division.   Prior to joining Hersha in 2005, Naveen worked with a private equity firm and its portfolio companies on early stage investments and “roll ups” in various industries.  Naveen had been an active real estate investor in the multifamily space prior to joining Hersha.

Outside the real estate sector, Naveen was previously a partner specializing in corporate and securities law at the national law firm of Jenkens & Gilchrist, P.C., and was previously associated with Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer Feld, LLP in Washington D.C. Naveen earned a Bachelor of Arts from Austin College and a law degree from Cornell Law School.

About Independent Collection Hotels:  The IC is a growing collection of cultivated and intimate lifestyle hotels located in unique residential neighborhoods of gateway cities across the US. Founded in New York in Tribeca and then Brooklyn, it has grown to Boston’s West End and Cambridge, Washington’s Capitol Hill and Dupont Circle, down to Miami’s South Beach, and west to Santa Barbara, Monterey, and Santa Monica across the last five years. Each hotel is created for the independently minded traveler and invite guests to experience the true spirit of their locale. For more information on Independent Collection, please visit

About HHM
HHM provides turnkey hotel management for over 120 hotels, ranging from The Rittenhouse Hotel, a AAA Five Diamond property in Philadelphia, to the oceanfront Sanctuary Beach in Monterey, CA. HHM also operates hotels with leading brand affiliations through Autograph Collection, Leading Hotels, Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt, and Starwood.  Its highly experienced team is accustomed to serving as a fiduciary to publicly traded companies, joint ventures, institutional real estate owners and private investors. Additional information on HHM can be found at

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