Management Team

Chiang See Ngoh Claire

Managing Director, Retail Operations

Chiang See Ngoh, Claire is the Senior Vice President responsible for the strategic direction, management and operation of Banyan Tree and Angsana Galleries. She is also the Chairperson of the Banyan Tree Global Foundation, which was established in 2009. In 2010, she assumed the roles of Chairperson, China Business Development and Chairperson, Human Capital Development Task Force. Ms Chiang has served two terms as a Nominated Member of Parliament. She is the Director and Non-Executive Chairperson of the Wildlife Reserves Singapore and Chairperson of the Wildlife Reserves Singapore Conservation Fund. She sits on the Global Governing Board of the Caux Round Table as Vice-Chair for Asia. Following her appointment as Justice of the Peace in 2008, she was appointed to the Board of Visiting Justices in 2010. Her other duties include chairing the Employer’s Alliance and the Shirin Fozdar Trust Fund, as well as co-chairing the Pro-Family Business Council and the Partner Connection Fund. Ms Chiang is a member of the Board of Governors of Raffles’ Girls School, a member of the Singapore General Hospital Medifund Committee, and a mentor for the Young Women’s Leadership Connection mentorship programme. She volunteers with Help Every Lone Parent and the People’s Association. In 2010, she became a member of the Advisory Council, National Committee for United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) in Singapore. She is married to the Executive Chairman, Mr Ho KwonPing.


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.


Abid Butt

Chief Executive Officer, Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts

Mr. Abid Butt assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts in April 2012, marking a return to the luxury hospitality group after first joining the company over a decade ago. Mr. Butt initially joined Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts as Area General Manager for the Group’s flagship resort, Banyan Tree Phuket, over ten years ago, followed by his appointment as the first Vice President of Operations. In this capacity, Mr. Butt oversaw operations and branding for existing hotels and resorts and the launch of new properties. He holds a Master of Science degree in Real Estate from Johns Hopkins University and an MBA from the University of Phoenix, San Diego. His hospitality industry education was completed at Johnson & Wales University with double Bachelor of Science degrees in Food Service Management and Hotel, Restaurant & Institutional Management.


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.