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Board of Directors of Banyan Tree Holdings Limited

Ho Kwon Ping
  • HO KWONPING
  • Executive Chairman

  • The founder of Banyan Tree Group, Mr Ho is responsible for leading the Board in charting the strategic direction and growth of the Group. He has been a Director since 5 July 2000. He was designated Executive Chairman on 1 March 2004 and was last re-elected on 24 April 2019. He is also a member of the Nominating Committee.

    Mr Ho is also Chairman of Laguna Resorts & Hotels Public Company Limited, Thai Wah Public Company Limited, the Board of Trustees of Singapore Management University and The Singapore Summit.

    Mr Ho holds a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) from the University of Singapore, an Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration in Hospitality Management from Johnson & Wales University, USA, and an Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.


    chiankhongt
  • TAN CHIAN KHONG
  • Lead Independent Director

  • Mr Tan was appointed an Independent Director on 28 January 2021 and became Lead Independent Director on 31 December 2021. He is Chairman of the Audit & Risk Committee and a member of the Nominating Committee. He was last re-elected on 28 April 2021.

    Mr Tan has approximately 35 years of experience in the audit industry. He joined Ernst & Young LLP (then known as Ernst & Whinney) in April 1981 and was a partner of the firm from July 1996 to June 2016.

    Currently, he is an Independent Non-Executive Director of Alliance Bank Malaysia Berhad, listed on Bursa Malaysia, Hong Leong Asia Ltd, The Straits Trading Company Limited and CSE Global Limited. He is a Board member of the Casino Regulatory Authority of Singapore and SMRT Corporation Ltd. He also volunteers as the Honorary Executive Director of Trailblazer Foundation Ltd.

    Mr Tan holds a Bachelor of Accountancy from the National University of Singapore. He is a Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and a Fellow of CPA Australia and the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants.


    Karen Tay Koh
  • KAREN TAY KOH
  • Independent Director

  • Mrs Koh was appointed an Independent Director on 31 May 2019, and was last re-elected on 6 May 2020. She is the Chairman of the Remuneration Committee, and is a member of the Audit & Risk Committee.

    She is a Director of HSBC Bank (Singapore) Limited, Manulife US Real Estate Management Pte Ltd, BC Platforms AG, Switzerland, and The Red Pencil Singapore. She is also a member of the Advisory Board, Centre for Emerging Markets, D’Amore-McKim School of Business, Northeastern University, USA, and a Senior Advisor to TVM Capital Healthcare Partners.

    Mrs Koh was CEO and Executive Director of IP Investment Management, Singapore, from 2016 to 2018. Prior to this, she was Deputy CEO of SingHealth from 2001 to 2008, and concurrently Deputy CEO of Singapore General Hospital from 2003 to 2008. She started her career at the Singapore Ministry of Finance which included postings at the Inland Revenue and the Monetary Authority of Singapore. Mrs Koh previously served as a Director of Singapore Deposit Insurance Corporation Ltd, Singapore EDB Investments, Falck, Denmark and was a Corporator of Northeastern University, USA.

    Mrs Koh holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Economics from Cambridge University and a Master of Public Administration and International Tax Program (Certificate) from Harvard University.


    Paul Beh
  • BEH JIT HAN PAUL
  • Independent Director

  • Mr Beh was appointed an Independent Director on 6 May 2020, and was last re-elected on 28 April 2021. He is the Chairman of the Nominating Committee, and a member of the Remuneration Committee.

    Mr Beh is Chairman, Asia Pacific, of Reed Exhibitions and is an advisory member of the Worldwide Board. He currently sits on the Board of Trustees of Singapore Management University and is also a board member of Agape Village, Caritas SIngapore and Mount Alvernia Hospital.

    Before joining Reed, Mr Beh was Managing Director and Partner of a regional publishing company. Prior to that, he spent several years with Singapore Airlines holding various marketing management positions.

    Mr Beh holds a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) as well as Graduate Diplomas in Financial and Marketing Management. He also attended Executive Management programmes at Harvard and Oxford.


    Arnoud
  • ARNOUD DE MEYER
  • Independent Director

  • Mr De Meyer was appointed an Independent Director on 28 January 2021, and was last re-elected on 28 April 2021. He is a member of the Nominating Committee and Remuneration Committee.

    Mr De Meyer is a global academic leader with more than 35 years of experience in top international academic institutions in Europe and Asia. Until December 2018, he served as President of Singapore Management University (SMU). Before joining SMU, Mr De Meyer was from 2006 until 2010 Director (Dean) of the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge, UK. From 1983 until 2006, he was a faculty member at INSEAD and assumed between 1990 and 2006 several management positions, among others as founding dean of INSEAD Asia campus in Singapore.

    Mr De Meyer has been an Independent Director of close to 20 companies and institutions in Belgium, France, the UK, Singapore and Australia. Till recently he was an Independent Director of Dassault Systemes SE, a French software company, where he was the Chair of the Scientific Committee. Currently, he is an Independent Director of Viva Energy Pty Ltd (Australia), where he is a member of the remuneration committee and Chair of the investment committee. He is also the Chair of the Temasek-sponsored Stewardship Asia Centre (Singapore).

    He is an internationally recognised researcher in the areas of R&D and Innovation Management, Manufacturing Strategy and International Management. He has published more than 100 academic articles and 12 books.


    Choong Luen Lien
  • LIEN CHOONG LUEN
  • Independent Director

  • Mr. Lien was appointed an Independent Director on 28 April 2021 and is a member of the Audit & Risk Committee.

    Mr Lien has an extensive experience in technology and operations, as well as experience in strategy and public policy.

    Currently, he is the Singapore Country Head of Gojek and oversees all commercial and business matters for Singapore operations. Prior to Gojek, Mr Lien was a strategy consultant with McKinsey, heading up SEA for the McKinsey Centre for Government. He started his career as a Special Forces officer in the Singapore Armed Forces.

    Mr Lien holds a BA (Applied Mathematics) from UC Berkeley, MA (Pure Mathematics) from Cambridge University, and MBA (Distinction) from London Business School, as well as a Diploma in Strategic and Defence Studies from University of Malaya.


    Khun Parnsiree
  • PARNSIREE AMATAYAKUL
  • Independent Director

  • Ms Amatayakul was appointed an Independent Director on 28 April 2021.

    Ms Amatayakul spent almost 30 years in the IT industry where she has worked with clients across ASEAN/SA through Digital Transformation. She was General Manager, Sales, IBM ASEAN from 2019 - 2021. Prior to this, she was CEO of IBM Thailand from 2011 to 2018. She also served on the National Reform Council on Vision Determination and Future Design.

    Currently, she is an Independent Director at Bangkok Bank Public Company Limited, Siam Cement Group Public Company Limited and Thai Wah Public Company Limited , all listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand. She is also on the Board of Thailand Management Council and Vice President of UCLA Anderson School of Management Thai Alumni Association.

    Ms Amatatyakul holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Chulalongkorn University.


    Gaurav Bhushan
  • GAURAV BHUSHAN
  • Non-Executive and Non-Independent Director

  • Mr Bhushan was appointed Director on 30 December 2017 and was last re-elected on 28 April 2021.

    Mr Bhushan is the Global Chief Development Officer of AccorHotels. He began his career with AccorHotels in 1995 in Australia, where he held various posts in operations and finance. From 2006, he headed AccorHotels’ Asia Pacific development teams. He was appointed to the Global Chief Development Officer role in 2015 and joined AccorHotels’ executive committee in 2017.

    Mr Bhushan holds a Master of Business Administration from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT University) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Finance & Investments from the Securities Institute of Australia.


    Jason Chew
  • CHEW VAN HOONG JASON
  • Non-Executive and Non-Independent Director

  • Mr Chew was appointed Director on 5 June 2018 and was last re-elected on 24 April 2019.

    Mr Chew is the Director, Region Africa and APAC at the Qatar Investment Authority.

    From 2007 to 2013, he was the Chief Investment Officer for Asia and Managing Director for Greater China with Prudential Real Estate Investors. From 1999 to 2006, Mr Chew worked at CapitaLand as the Country Director for Japan.

    Mr Chew is a Chartered Financial Analyst and holds a Bachelor of Engineering (First Class Honours) from the National Defense Academy, Japan.



  • MOHAMED AL-HASHMI
  • Alternate Director to Chew Van Hoong Jason
  • Mr Mohamed was appointed Alternate Director to Mr Chew on 5 June 2018.

    Mr Mohamed is an Associate Director at Qatar Investment Authority, focusing primarily on Post-Acquisition Asset Management in the real estate sector.

    He graduated from Qatar University with a major degree in Finance and a minor degree in Marketing.


    Ho Ren Hua
  • HO REN HUA
  • Non-Executive and Non-Independent Director

  • Mr Ho was appointed Director on 6 May 2020, and was last re-elected on 28 April 2021.

    He is a Director and CEO of Thai Wah Public Company Limited and a Director of Laguna Resorts & Hotels Public Company Limited.

    Mr Ho began his career with international management consultancy Bain & Company Inc., working in its USA, Hong Kong and China offices. He joined the Banyan Tree Group as Associate Director of Corporate Development in 2010 and eventually rose to the position of Vice President and Country Head of Banyan Tree Holdings’ China Operations, where he was responsible for investment strategy and corporate planning in the Greater China region. He was also part of the core leadership team for the Banyan Tree China Hospitality Fund, overseeing the Group’s finance, human resource, investment, and legal functions in China. He left the Group in July 2015.

    Mr Ho holds a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Finance and Economics from the Wharton School - University of Pennsylvania, USA. He is the son of the Executive Chairman, Mr Ho KwonPing.


    Ding Changfeng
  • DING CHANGFENG
  • Non-Executive and Non-Independent Director

  • Mr Ding was appointed Director on 13 November 2020, and was last re-elected on 28 April 2021.

    He is a Group Partner of China Vanke Co., Ltd. and Chief Partner of its Ski Resort Business Unit.

    Mr Ding joined China Vanke Co., Ltd. in 1992 and subsequently served in various management roles covering areas including Research, Operations and Management, Real Estate and Corporate Planning. He acted as the Executive Vice President in 2001, and was Head of the Beijing Region from 2006 to 2015, followed by Group Partner and Chief Partner in charge of the Commercial Property Business Unit from 2015 to 2017.

    Mr Ding holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Politics and a Master’s Degree in Global Economics from Peking University, China.


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