Board of Directors of Banyan Tree Holdings Limited
Ho KwonPing, Ariel P Vera, Chia Chee Ming Timothy, Fang Ai Lian, Elizabeth Sam, Chan Heng Wing & Tham Kui Seng
The founder of our Group, Mr Ho KwonPing is responsible for its overall management and operations. He has been a Director since 5 July 2000. He was designated Executive Chairman on 1 March 2004 and was last re-elected on 29 April 2013.
Mr Ho is also Chairman of Laguna Resorts & Hotels Public Company Limited, Thai Wah Food Products Public Company Limited, the Board of Trustees of Singapore Management University and the Advisory Committee of the School of Hotel and Tourism Management at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He is a non-executive Director of Diageo Plc. He is a member of the International Council and East Asia Council of INSEAD as well as the Global Advisory Board of Moelis & Company, and a Governor of the London Business School.
He previously served as a Chairman of MediaCorp Pte. Ltd.
Mr Ho holds a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) from the University of Singapore and an Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration in Hospitality Management from Johnson & Wales University, USA.
Ariel P Vera
Non-Executive and Non-Independent Director
Mr Ariel P Vera was appointed Director on 11 April 2000 and designated Group Managing Director on 1 March 2004. He retired as Group Managing Director on 31 December 2013 and remains as a Non-Executive and Non-Independent Director of the Company. He was last re-elected on 30 April 2012.
Mr Vera is a Director of Laguna Resorts & Hotels Public Company Limited, Thai Wah Food Products Public Company Limited and Thai Wah Starch Public Company Limited.
He was with the Group from 1995 to his retirement in 2013. 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 25 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
Lead Independent Director
Mr Chia Chee Ming Timothy has been a Director since 8 June 2001 and became Lead Independent Director on 28 February 2007. Last re-elected on 29 April 2013, he is Chairman of the Nominating & Remuneration Committee and also a member of the Audit & Risk Committee.
Mr Chia is Chairman of Hup Soon Global Corporation Limited as well as Chairman–Asia for Coutts & Co Ltd, the private banking arm of the Royal Bank of Scotland Group. He sits on the boards of several other private and public companies, including Fraser and Neave, Limited, SP PowerAssets Limited and PowerGas Limited. He is a Trustee of the Singapore Management University and a Senior Advisor to EQT Funds Management Ltd and JM Financial Singapore Pte. Ltd.
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 a Director of Singapore Post Limited and SP Power Grid Limited and InnoTeck Limited as well as Chairman - Asia for UBS Investment Bank.
Mr Chia holds a Bachelor of Science cum laude, majoring in Management, from the Fairleigh Dickinson University, USA.
Fang Ai Lian
Mrs Fang Ai Lian was appointed an Independent Director and Chairman of the Audit & Risk Committee on 1 May 2008 and was last re-elected on 30 April 2012. She is also a member of the Nominating & Remuneration Committee.
Mrs Fang is Chairman of Great Eastern Holdings Limited and its insurance subsidiaries in Singapore and Malaysia. She is also a Director of Singapore Telecommunications Limited, Metro Holdings Ltd, MediaCorp Pte. Ltd. and OCBC Bank. In addition, she is Chairman of the Tax Academy of Singapore, Charity Council and Board of Trustees of the Singapore Business Federation as well as Member of the Board of Trustees of the Singapore University of Technology and Design.
Mrs Fang was previously with Ernst & Young for over 30 years until her retirement in March 2008, her last position being Chairman of Ernst & Young Singapore. She 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.
Mrs Elizabeth Sam was appointed an Independent Director on 23 March 2004 and was last re-appointed on 29 April 2013. She is a member of both the Audit & Risk Committee and Nominating & Remuneration Committee.
Principally engaged in management consultancy, Mrs Sam is also a Director of SC Global Development Ltd, AV Jennings Ltd and The Straits Trading Company Limited. She is the Chairman and Director of Hon Sui Sen Endowment CLG Limited. She has over 40 years of experience in the financial sector, having held the positions of 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 two three-year terms from 1987 to 1990 and 1993 to 1996 as its Chairman until its merger with the Stock Exchange of Singapore. She was also previously a Director of Kasikornbank Public Company Limited and Boardroom Limited.
Mrs Sam holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Economics from the University of Singapore.
Chan Heng Wing
Mr Chan Heng Wing joined the Board as an Independent Director on 1 June 2012 and was last re-elected on 29 April 2013. He is a member of both the Audit & Risk Committee and Nominating & Remuneration Committee.
Mr Chan is a Senior Adviser in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Non-Resident High Commissioner to the People’s Republic of Bangladesh. He is a Director of Shanda Games Ltd, Frasers Centrepoint Ltd, Precious Treasure Pte Ltd and Precious Quay Pte Ltd which own Fullerton Hotel and Fullerton Bay Hotel respectively. He is also Chairman of the Milken Institute Asia Center based in Singapore.
He was Press Secretary of Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong and Director of the Media Division in the Ministry of Information and the Arts. His Foreign Service career included overseas assignments in New York at the Singapore Permanent Mission to the United Nations, as Consul General to Hong Kong, Ambassador to Thailand and Consul General to Shanghai. When he retired from the Foreign Service in 2008, he joined Temasek Holdings as its Chief Representative in China until 2010 and then the Managing Director for International Relations in Temasek International until 2011. Prior to his diplomatic career, he was a television journalist, producer and interviewer. He was a Non-Executive and Independent Director in Fraser and Neave, Limited until January 2014.
Mr Chan holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hon) and a Master of Arts from the University of Singapore as well as a Master of Science in Journalism from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism in New York.
Tham Kui Seng
Mr Tham Kui Seng was appointed an Independent Director on 1 June 2012 and was last re-elected on 29 April 2013. He is a member of both the Audit & Risk Committee and Nominating & Remuneration Committee.
Mr Tham is a Director of Global Logistic Properties Limited, Sembcorp Industries Ltd, The Straits Trading Company Limited, Maxwell Chambers Pte Ltd and Straits Real Estate Pte Ltd. He is also a member of the Board of The Housing & Development Board and The Singapore Land Authority as well as a Corporate Advisor for Temasek International Advisors Pte Ltd.
He was the Chief Corporate Officer of CapitaLand Limited, overseeing the corporate services functions of the real estate group, from 2002 to 2008. He also previously served as a Director of Raffles Medical Group Ltd, CapitaLand China Holdings Pte Ltd and SPI (Australia) Assets Pty Ltd.
Mr Tham holds a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) in Natural Science - Engineering Science from the University of Oxford, UK.