She joined the company after finishing her studies at the Wellesley College (US) working under her father, as a marketing manager at The Park New Delhi, at the age of 21. After the death of Surrendra Paulshe succeeded him in 1990 as the chairperson of the hospitality division of the Apeejay Surendra Group.
Priya Paul belonged to a family of business which was involved in steel trading, manufacturing and production, which was later moved in to the shipping business. Her father Surrendra Paul had later expanded its portfolio into businesses in hospitality, tea, real estate, finance, logistics etc. The currently the business is run by her brother, sister and herself.
- The Federation of Hotels and Restaurants Association of India conferred on her Young Entrepreneur of the Yearaward (1999–2000)
- She was nominated for The Economic Times Awardsas the Businessperson of the Year (2002–2003)
- Paul has been conferred with the Padma Shriaward by Government of India on eve of the Republic Day, January 2012. Priya Paul has opened a new branch of hotels called Zone by The Park which is a 4 star branch of hotels.