Standing (L-R) Ariel P Vera, Chia Chee Ming Timothy, Ho KwonPing, Chan Heng Wing, Tham Kui Seng, Lim Tse Ghow Olivier

Seated (L-R) Fang Ai Lian and Elizabeth Sam

Board of Directors of Banyan Tree Holdings Limited

Ho KwonPing

Executive Chairman

The founder of our Group, Mr Ho 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, and a Governor of the London Business School.

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 Vera was appointed Director on 11 April 2000 and served as Group Managing Director from 1 March 2004 to his retirement in 2013. He remains as a Non-Executive and Non-Independent Director of the Company. He was last re-elected on 28 April 2014.

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 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

Lead Independent Director

Mr Chia has been a Director since 8 June 2001, and became Lead Independent Director on 28 February 2007.He is the Chairman of the Nominating & Remuneration Committee and was last re-elected on 29 April 2013.

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, The Straits Trading Company Limited, Singapore Power Limited, Ceylon Guardian Investment Trust PLC and Ceylon Investment PLC. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Singapore Management University and a Senior Advisor to EQT Funds Management 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 SP Power Grid Limited, SP PowerAssets Limited, PowerGas Limited, Fraser and Neave, Limited and InnoTek Limited.

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

 

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.

Mrs Fang is a Director of Singapore Telecommunications Limited, Metro Holdings Ltd and MediaCorp Pte Ltd as well as Advisor to the Far East Organization Group. She is also Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Singapore Business Federation, and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Singapore University of Technology and Design.

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. She previously served as Chairman of the Charity Council.

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

Independent Director

Mrs Sam was appointed an Independent Director on 23 March 2004 and last re-appointed on 28 April 2014. She is a member of the 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 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 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

Independent Director

Mr Chan became an Independent Director on 1 June 2012 and was last re-elected on 29 April 2013. He is a member of the Nominating & Remuneration Committee.

A Senior Advisor to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he is the Non-Resident High Commissioner to 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 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

Independent Director

Mr Tham was appointed an Independent Director on 1 June 2012 and was last re-elected on 29 April 2013. 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, Maxwell Chambers Pte Ltd, Straits Real Estate Pte Ltd and Sembcorp Properties 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.

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 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.

 

Lim Tse Ghow Olivier

Independent Director

Mr Lim was appointed an Independent Director on 13 November 2014 and is a member of the Audit & Risk Committee.

He is Chairman of both Certis CISCO Security Pte. Ltd. and Frasers Australand Pty Ltd. He is also a Director of Raffles Medical Group Ltd, and a member of the Board of Jurong Town Corporation.

Mr Lim was previously with CapitaLand Limited from 2003 to 2014, his last position being Group Deputy Chief Executive Officer. From 1989 to 2003, he was with Citibank Singapore, where he held various roles in the corporate and investment banking units, his last position being the Director/Head, Real Estate Unit. His past directorships include CapitaMalls Asia Limited, The Ascott Limited, Australand Holdings Limited, Neptune Orient Lines Limited, Raffles Medical Group Ltd, CapitaCommercial Trust Management Limited, CapitaMall Trust Management Limited and CapitaRetail China Trust Management Limited.

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