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Board of Directors of Banyan Tree Holdings Limited

Ho Kwon Ping
  • Ho KwonPing
  • Executive Chairman

  • HO Kwon Ping is Executive Chairman of Banyan Tree Holdings. He is also Executive Chairman of Thai Wah Public Company, the founding and current Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Singapore Management University and also a Board Director of Diageo, the UK-listed spirits company.

    Educated in Tunghai University, Taiwan; Stanford University, California and the University of Singapore, he worked as a broadcast and financial journalist and was the Economics Editor of the Far Eastern Economic Review in Hong Kong before joining the Thai Wah family business in 1981. He founded Laguna Phuket in 1987 and Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts in 1994.

    In 2015, his book The Ocean in a Drop: Singapore in the next Fifty Years, was published as a compilation of public lectures he gave as the Inaugural Fellow of the SR Nathan Lecture Series, named after the Sixth President of Singapore.


    Ariel P Vera
  • Ariel P Vera
  • Non-Executive and Non-Independent Director

  • Mr Vera was appointed Director on 11 April 2000 and served as Group Managing Director from 1 March 2004 up to his retirement on 31 December 2013. He remains as a Non-Executive and Non- Independent Director of the Company. He was last re-elected on 28 April 2016.

    Mr Vera is also a Director of Laguna Resorts & Hotels Public Company Limited and Thai Wah Public Company Limited.

    Prior to joining the Group, he was Director of Finance and Administration of Asian Resorts Pte. Ltd. from 1992 to 1995, and Vice President, Finance, of Tropical Resorts Limited from 1995 to 1997. He has over 30 years of experience in the hotel industry.

    A Certified Public Accountant in the Philippines, Mr Vera holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of the East, Philippines, as well as a Master of Business Administration from the National University of Singapore.


    Chia Chee Ming Timothy
  • Chia Chee Ming Timothy
  • Lead Independent Director

  • Mr Chia has been a Director since 8 June 2001, and became Lead Independent Director on 28 February 2007. He is Chairman of the Nominating & Remuneration Committee and was last re- elected on 29 April 2015.

    Mr Chia is Chairman of Hup Soon Global Corporation Private Limited. He sits on the boards of several other private and public companies, including Fraser and Neave, Limited, The Straits Trading Company Limited, Singapore Power Limited, Vertex Venture Holdings Ltd, Ceylon Guardian Investment Trust PLC, Ceylon Investment PLC and Malaysia Smelting Corporation Berhad. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Singapore Management University, an Advisory Council Member of the ASEAN Business Club and a member of the Advisory Board of the Asian Civilisations Museum.

    From 1986 to 2004, he was a Director of PAMA Group where he was responsible for private equity investments and served as President from 1995 to 2004. He was previously Chairman – Asia for Coutts & Co Ltd and Senior Advisor to EQT Funds Management Ltd.

    Mr Chia holds a Bachelor of Science cum laude, majoring in Management, from the Fairleigh Dickinson University, USA.


    Fang Ai Lian
  • Fang Ai Lian
  • Independent Director

  • Mrs Fang was appointed an Independent Director and Chairman of the Audit & Risk Committee on 1 May 2008, and was last re-elected on 28 April 2014.

    She is a Director of Metro Holdings Ltd and Singapore Post Limited, and Advisor to the Far East Organization Group. She is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Singapore Business Federation and Medishield Life Council. She also sits on the Board of Trustees of the Singapore University of Technology and Design, and a member of ToteBoard (Singapore Totalisator Board).

    She was the Chairman of Great Eastern Holdings Limited and its insurance subsidiaries as well as a Director of OCBC Bank until her retirement in April 2014. Prior to that, she was with Ernst & Young for over 30 years until her retirement in March 2008. She was appointed Managing Partner in 1996 and Chairman in 2005. Her past directorships include Singapore Telecommunications Limited and MediaCorp Pte Ltd.

    Mrs Fang qualified as a Chartered Accountant in England and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, a Fellow of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants and a member of the Malaysian Association of Certified Public Accountants.


    Elizabeth Sam
  • Elizabeth Sam
  • Independent Director

  • Mrs Sam was appointed an Independent Director on 23 March 2004 and was last re-appointed on 29 April 2015. She is a member of the Nominating & Remuneration Committee.

    Principally engaged in management consultancy, Mrs Sam is also a Director of AV Jennings Ltd. She is Chairman and Director of Hon Sui Sen Endowment CLG Limited. She has over 40 years’ experience in the financial sector, having been Executive Vice President and Deputy President of OCBC Bank from 1988 to 1998, Director of Mercantile House Holdings plc (a company listed on the London Stock Exchange) from 1981 to 1987 and Chief Manager of the Monetary Authority of Singapore from 1976 to 1981.

    She was a Director of the Singapore International Monetary Exchange and served as its Chairman from 1987 to 1990 and 1993 to 1996, until its merger with the Stock Exchange of Singapore. She was also previously a Director of The Straits Trading Company Limited.

    Mrs Sam holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Economics from the University of Singapore.


    Chan Heng Wing
  • Chan Heng Wing
  • Independent Director

  • Mr Chan became an Independent Director on 1 June 2012 and was last re-elected on 28 April 2016. He is a member of the Nominating & Remuneration Committee.

    He is the Non-resident High Commissioner of Singapore to Bangladesh. He is a Director of Frasers Centrepoint Limited, EC World REIT, Fusang Family Office Pte Ltd as well as Precious Treasure Pte Ltd and Precious Quay Pte Ltd which owns the Fullerton Heritage and Fullerton Bay Hotels respectively. He is also the Senior Advisor to the Milken Institute Asia Center.

    He was previously a Director in Fraser and Neave, Limited. He was also the Prime Minister’s Press Secretary and Director of the Media Division in the Ministry of Information and the Arts. He served at the Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York and as Consul-General to Hong Kong, Ambassador to Thailand and Consul-General to Shanghai. He later joined Temasek Holdings as Chief Representative in China and Managing Director for International Relations in Temasek International.

    Mr Chan holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and a Master of Arts from the University of Singapore, and a Master of Science in Journalism from Columbia University, USA.


    Tham Kui Seng
  • Tham Kui Seng
  • Independent Director

  • Mr Tham was appointed an Independent Director on 1 June 2012 and was last re-elected on 29 April 2015. He is a member of the Audit & Risk Committee.

    Mr Tham is a Director of Global Logistic Properties Limited, Sembcorp Industries Ltd, The Straits Trading Company Limited and Avanda Investment Management Pte. Ltd. He is a member of the Board of Singapore Land Authority and a Corporate Advisor for Temasek International Advisors Pte Ltd.

    From 2002 to 2008, he was the Chief Corporate Officer of CapitaLand Limited, overseeing the corporate services functions of the real estate group. He also previously served as a member of the Board of The Housing & Development Board.

    Mr Tham holds a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) in Natural Science - Engineering Science from the University of Oxford, UK.


    Lim Tse Ghow Olivier
  • Lim Tse Ghow Olivier
  • Independent Director

  • Mr Lim was appointed an Independent Director on 13 November 2014 and was last re-elected on 29 April 2015. He is a member of the Audit & Risk Committee.

    He is Chairman of Certis CISCO Security Pte. Ltd., Frasers Property Australia Pty Ltd and globalORE Pte Ltd., and a Director of Raffles Medical Group Ltd. He is also a member of the Board of JTC Corporation, the Board of Trustees of the Singapore Management University (SMU), and the Board of Governors of Northlight School. He serves on the Securities Industry Council and the Advisory Board of SMU’s Institute for Societal Leadership.

    Mr Lim worked at CapitaLand Limited from 2003 to 2014, serving as Group Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Group Chief Investment Officer and Group Chief Financial Officer. Between 1989 and 2003, he worked at Citibank Singapore in various roles in the corporate and investment banking units, including as Head of the Real Estate Unit.

    Mr Lim’s past directorships include CapitaMalls Asia Limited, The Ascott Limited and The Anglo- Chinese Schools Foundation Limited.

    Mr Lim holds a Bachelor of Engineering (First Class Honours) in Civil Engineering from Imperial College London, UK.


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