Management Team

Claire Chiang

Senior Vice President, Banyan Tree Holdings Limited

Ms Chiang is a co-founder of Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts and pioneered the Group’s retail business. As Chairperson for China Business Development, she focuses on acquiring new management contracts, and as an Advisor on Human Capital Development guides strategic issues in organisational and human capital capability. She also chairs Banyan Tree Global Foundation, the Group’s sustainability arm. 

Ms Chiang was Chairman of Wildlife Reserves Singapore from 2008 to 2015. She is currently Chairperson of the Wildlife Reserves Singapore Conservation Fund and the National Book Development Council of Singapore. She was appointed Director of Mandai Safari Park Holdings and Denmark based ISS A/S in 2015. 

Ms Chiang is a Pioneering Member for the Diversity Action Committee to build up female representation on company boards.  She serves on the Tripartite Committee on Work-Life Strategy steered by the Ministry of Manpower and co-chairs the ACCORD Family & Community Council set up by the Ministry of Defence. Her many affiliations also include Justice of the Peace serving on the Ministry of Home Affairs Board of Visiting Justices & Board of Inspection, governor of Raffles Girls’ Secondary School, Honorary Council Member of the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Member of the National Arts Council, and Chairperson of the Shirin Fozdar Program at the Singapore Management University.

For her advocacy in social issues, Ms Chiang has won national and international awards, including the Public Service Star BBM for her contribution to implementing work-life integration in Singapore. 

Ms Chiang is married to Group Executive Chairman, Mr Ho KwonPing, with whom she received the Hospitality Lifetime Achievement Award at the China Hotel Investment Summit 2009.

 

Ho KwonCjan

Group Chief Designer

Ho KwonCjan is Senior Vice President and Group Chief Designer. He heads and oversees the project and design teams. Prior to March 2005, he was Joint Managing Director of LRH, a position he held from 1998. Mr Ho served as Vice Chairman of Thai Wah Public Company Limited in Thailand from 1997 to 2003. From 1996 to 1998, he was the Managing Director of Thai Wah Resorts Development Public Co., Ltd and from 1985 to 1992, the Project Manager of Thai Wah Resorts Development Public Co., Ltd. Prior to this, he worked at the architecture firm, Akitek Tenggara, in Singapore. Mr Ho holds a Bachelor of Architecture (Hons) from the National University of Singapore and is a recipient of the Singapore Institute of Architects Gold Medal. He has been registered with the Singapore Board of Architects since 1986. Mr Ho is the brother of the Executive Chairman, Mr Ho KwonPing.

 

Surapon Supratya

Senior Vice President and Deputy Chairman of LRH

Surapon Supratya is Senior Vice President and Deputy Chairman of LRH. He has been a member of the Board of LRH since 1996 and previously served as its Group Managing Director. He was also Joint Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer of Thai Wah Public Company Limited. Prior to that, he was Financial Controller of Thomson Television (Thailand) and Louis T. Leonowens (Thailand). A Certified Public Accountant, Mr Surapon holds a Bachelor of Accountancy from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, and a Master of Accountancy from Thammasat University, Thailand.

 

Eddy See Hock Lye

Chief Financial Officer

Eddy See Hock Lye is Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining the Group in 2004, he was the Managing Director of Asia Business Forum from 2002 to 2004 and its Chief Financial Officer from 2001 to 2004. From 1996 to 2001, Mr See was the Group Financial Controller of Amara Holdings Limited. He was also the General Director of Amara Hotel Saigon Company Ltd, which operates Amara Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, from 1998 to 2001. Prior to that, he was with Ernst & Young for nearly a decade, spending his last four years there as Audit Manager. Mr See holds a Bachelor of Commerce from University of Auckland and is an Associate Chartered Accountant, New Zealand.

 

Shankar Chandran

Managing Director, Spa Operations

Shankar Chandran is Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Spa Operations. Overseeing the Spa Operations of the Group since 2005, he is responsible for the operations and growth of the Group’s global portfolio of over 65 spas. From 2001 to 2004, he served as Group Executive (Corporate) Director, and from 1997 to 2001 Assistant Vice President, Finance. Prior to joining the Group, he was the Financial Controller and Deputy General Manager of Regent Plaza, London, and Regional Internal Auditor/Financial Controller of Hilton International Hotels, UK. Mr Chandran holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies from Kingston University (London) and a Higher National Diploma Finance from South West London College, UK.

 

Dharmali Kusumadi

Managing Director, Design Services

Dharmali Kusumadi is Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Design Services. He is responsible for the design and planning of properties managed by the Group. Prior to joining the Group in 1991, he was the Planning and Development Head of LG Group, Bali, and was in charge of design and planning for projects. From 1985 to 1989, Mr Kusumadi was a part-time lecturer at the Architecture Department of Soegijapranata Catholic University, Semarang, Indonesia. From 1984 to 1989, he was Principal Architect of Kusumadi Associates. He has been a member of the Indonesian Institute of Architects since 1991 and holds a Master of Architecture from Parahyangan Catholic University, Bandung, Indonesia.