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 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 2011.
Mr Ho is also Chairman of Laguna Resorts & Hotels Public Company Limited, Thai Wah Food Products Public Company Limited, Singapore Management University and the School Advisory Committee of School of Hotel and Tourism Management. He is a non-executive Director of Diageo Plc. He is a member of the Asia-Pacific Council of The Nature Conservancy, International Council and East Asia Council of INSEAD, International Council of Asia Society, Management Board of the Middle East Institute at the National University of Singapore and Global Advisory Board of Moelis & Company, as well as a Governor of the London Business School.
Mr Ho previously served as Chairman of MediaCorp Pte. Ltd.
He 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 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.
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.
Mr Vera was with the Group since 1995 until his retirement in 2013. Prior to joining the Group, Mr Vera 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.
Mr Vera is a Certified Public Accountant in the Philippines and 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 was appointed an Independent Director on 8 June 2001 and became Lead Independent Director on 28 February 2007. Last re-elected on 29 April 2011, 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 also sits on the boards of several other private and public companies, including 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, Mr Chia 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, SP Power Grid Limited, Fraser & Neave Ltd. and Chairman – Asia for UBS Investment Bank.
He holds a Bachelor of Science cum laude, majoring in Management, from the Fairleigh Dickinson University, USA.
Fang Ai Lian
Mrs Fang 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.
She 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, Charity Council and Board of Trustees of the Singapore Business Federation, as well as a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Singapore University of Technology and Design.
Mrs Fang was previously with Ernst & Young for more than 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 Certified Public Accountants in Singapore and a Member of the Malaysian Association of Certified Public Accountants.
Mrs Sam was appointed an Independent Director on 23 March 2004 and was last re-appointed on 30 April 2012. 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 Boardroom Limited, SC Global Development Ltd., AV Jennings Ltd., Kasikornbank Public Company Limited and The Straits Trading Company Limited. She has more than 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 Chairman of ST Asset Management Limited.
Mrs Sam holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Economics from the University of Singapore.
Chan Heng Wing
Mr Chan was appointed an Independent Director on 1 June 2012. He is a member of both the Audit & Risk Committee and Nominating & Remuneration Committee.
He 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., Precious Treasure Pte. Ltd. and Precious Quay Pte. Ltd. which own Fullerton Hotel and Fullerton Bay Hotel respectively.
Mr Chan was Press Secretary to Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong and Director of the Media Division in the Ministry of Information and the Arts. His Foreign Service career included assignments in New York at the Singapore Permanent Mission to the UN, 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 served as Managing Director for International Relations in Temasek International until 2011. Prior to his diplomatic career, he was a television journalist, producer and interviewer.
Mr Chan holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) 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 was appointed an Independent Director on 1 June 2012. He is a member of both the Audit & Risk Committee and Nominating & Remuneration Committee.
He is a Non-Executive Director of Global Logistic Properties Limited, Sembcorp Industries Ltd, The Straits Trading Company Limited, SPI (Australia) Assets Pty Ltd and Maxwell Chambers Pte. Ltd. He is also a member of the Board of the Housing & Development Board.
Mr Tham was the former Chief Corporate Officer of CapitaLand Limited, overseeing the corporate services functions of the real estate group, from 2002 to 2008.
He previously served as a director of Alexandra Health Pte Ltd, Raffles Medical Group Ltd and CapitaLand China Holdings Pte Ltd.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) in Natural Science – Engineering Science from the University of Oxford, UK.