Our Story

Bold and Visionary Leadership

Taking A Long-Term View

Under our founder's visionary leadership, the Group quickly expanded into new territories and other emerging markets in Asia. This strong pioneering spirit is now deeply entrenched in the way our leaders operate and make business decisions.

Our leadership team brings a wealth of experience and expertise from different industries to chart new frontiers for the Group. They adopt a disciplined approach as part of an enterprise-wide risk management and governance framework.

Our leaders are committed to taking a long-term view. Besides developing talent and capabilities within the company, they are driven to build an organisation that works to benefit and serve the people and communities where we operate.

Chairman & Executive Director
Malaysian

KUOK Hui Kwong

Period of service with the Group

  • Non-executive Director from October 2014 to June 2016
  • Executive Director and Deputy Chairman from June 2016 to December 2016
  • Executive Director and Chairman since January 2017

Other current major position(s) held within the Group

  • Executive Committee – chairman
  • Nomination Committee – chairman
  • Remuneration Committee – member

Directorship of listed companies in past 3 years

  • China World Trade Center Company Limited (listed on the Shanghai stock exchange), an associate of the Company – director since April 2015 and executive director since April 2018

Other current major appointments

  • Kerry Group Kuok Foundation (Hong Kong) Limited (charitable organisation) – governor

Other experience and previous major appointments

  • SCMP Group Limited (currently known as Great Wall Pan Asia Holdings Limited) – managing director and chief executive officer from January 2009 to June 2012

Academic/professional qualification(s)

  • Bachelor’s degree in East Asian Studies – Harvard University, United States

Relationship with significant shareholders

  • Shareholding interest
    • - KGL (Substantial Shareholder) – deemed interest of more than 5%
    • - Kuok Brothers Sdn Berhad (Other Major Shareholder) – deemed interest of less than 5%
    • - Kuok (Singapore) Limited (Other Major Shareholder) – deemed interest of less than 5%
  • Directorship/office/employment
    • - KGL (Substantial Shareholder) – director
    • - KHL (Substantial Shareholder) – director
Group Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director
Singaporean

LIM Beng Chee

Period of service with the Group

  • Non-executive Director from September 2016 to December 2016
  • Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer since January 2017

Other current major position(s) held within the Group

  • Executive Committee – member

Directorship of listed companies in past 3 years

  • Raffles Medical Group Limited (listed on the Singapore stock exchange) – independent director since July 2015 until April 2019
  • China World Trade Center Company Limited (listed on the Shanghai stock exchange), an associate of the Company – chairman and executive director since April 2018

Other experience and previous major appointments

  • CapitaLand Mall Asia Limited (formerly known as CapitaMalls Asia Limited) – chief executive officer
  • Over 15 years of experience in retail real estate investment, development, mall operations, asset management and fund management in Asia

Academic/professional qualification(s)

  • Bachelor’s degree in Physics (Hons) – University of Oxford, United Kingdom
  • MBA (Accountancy) – Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Non-executive Director
Singaporean

HO Kian Guan

Period of service with the Group

  • Non-executive Director since May 1993

Other current major position(s) held within the Group

  • Audit & Risk Committee – member

Directorship of listed companies in past 3 years

  • Keck Seng (Malaysia) Berhad (listed on the Malaysia stock exchange) – executive chairman since September 1970
  • Keck Seng Investments (Hong Kong) Limited (listed on HKSE with stock code 00184) – executive chairman since December 1979
  • Parkway Life REIT (listed on the Singapore stock exchange) – independent director since October 2016 and chairman since April 2017

Academic/professional qualification(s)

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Commerce – Nanyang University, Singapore

Relationship with Directors and Senior Management

  • Father of HO Chung Tao (his alternate)
Alternate Director (to HO Kian Guan)
Singaporean

HO Chung Tao

Period of service with the Group

  • Alternate Director since October 2016

Directorship of listed companies in past 3 years

  • Keck Seng Investments (Hong Kong) Limited (listed on HKSE with stock code 00184) – executive director since October 2008
  • Keck Seng (Malaysia) Berhad (listed on the Malaysia stock exchange) – alternate director since June 2014

Other experience and previous major appointments

  • Worked for a major US investment bank based in Japan focusing on real estate acquisitions, a venture capital firm in Japan and a securities firm in Singapore

Academic/professional qualification(s)

  • Bachelor’s degree in Hotel Administration – Cornell University, United States

Relationship with Directors and Senior Management

  • Son of HO Kian Guan (Non-executive Director)
Independent Non-executive Director
Chinese

LI Kwok Cheung Arthur

Period of service with the Group

  • Independent Non-executive Director since March 2011

Other current major position(s) held within the Group

  • Nomination Committee – member
  • Remuneration Committee – chairman
  • Audit & Risk Committee – member

Directorship of listed companies in past 3 years

  • The Bank of East Asia, Limited (listed on HKSE with stock code 00023) – non-executive director since January 2008; non-executive deputy chairman since April 2009
  • Nature Home Holding Company Limited (listed on HKSE with stock code 02083) – independent non-executive director since May 2011

Other current major appointments

  • The Executive Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region – member
  • Council for Sustainable Development of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region – chairman
  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong – emeritus professor of surgery
  • The University of Hong Kong – council chairman

Other experience and previous major appointments

  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong – vice-chancellor (president) from 1996 to 2002
  • Education and Manpower Bureau of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region – Secretary for Education and Manpower from August 2002 to June 2007

Academic/professional qualification(s)

  • Medical degree – University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
Independent Non-executive Director
Singaporean

YAP Chee Keong

Period of service with the Group

  • Independent Non-executive Director since December 2017

Other current major position(s) held within the Group

  • Audit & Risk Committee – chairman
  • Remuneration Committee - member

Directorship of listed companies in past 3 years

  • The Straits Trading Company Limited (listed on the Singapore stock exchange) – director from May 2009 to April 2018
  • Olam International Limited (listed on the Singapore stock exchange) – independent non-executive director since December 2015
  • Malaysia Smelting Corporation Berhad – (listed on both the Malaysia and the Singapore stock exchanges) – non-executive director from May 2016 to May 2018
  • Sembcorp Industries Limited (listed on the Singapore stock exchange) – independent non- executive director since October 2016

Other current major appointments

  • Citibank Singapore Limited – independent non-executive director
  • Certis CISCO Security Pte Limited – independent non-executive director
  • MediaCorp Pte Limited – independent non-executive director

Other experience and previous major appointments

  • The Straits Trading Company Limited – executive director
  • Singapore Power Limited – chief financial officer

Academic/professional qualification(s)

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accountancy – National University of Singapore
  • Fellow – CPA, Australia
  • Fellow – Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants
Independent Non-executive Director
Singaporean

LI Xiaodong Forrest

Period of service with the Group

  • Independent Non-executive Director effective from May 2019

Other current major position(s) held within the Group

  • Nomination Committee – member

Directorship of listed companies in past 3 years

  • Sea Limited (listed on the New York stock exchange) – chairman and group chief executive officer since May 2009

Other experience and previous major appointments

  • Singapore’s Committee on the Future Economy Council – member from January 2016 to February 2017

Academic/professional qualification(s)

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering – Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Mainland China
  • MBA – Stanford Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, United States
Independent Non-executive Director
Singaporean

ZHUANG Chenchao

Period of service with the Group

  • Independent Non-executive Director since 1 December 2019

Other current major position(s) held within the Group

  • NIL

Directorship of listed companies in past 3 years

  • Jianpu Technology Inc (listed on the New York stock exchange) – director since February 2014

Other current major appointments

  • Zebra Global Capital – partner since March 2016

Other experience and previous major appointments

  • Qunar.com – chief executive officer from June 2011 to January 2016
  • Shawei.com – chief technology officer from April 1999 to June 2001
  • Jianpu Technology Inc – founder
  • The World Bank - system architect from September 2001 to January 2005

Academic/professional qualification(s)

  • Bachelor’s of science degree in Electrical Engineering from Peking University
Company Secretary
Singaporean

SEOW Chow Loong Iain

Period of service with the Group

  • Joined the Group in November 2011 as Senior Legal Counsel
  • General Counsel since June 2017
  • Company Secretary since January 2019

Academic/professional qualification(s)

  • Bachelor of Laws – King’s College London
  • Solicitor – Hong Kong, England and Wales
  • Advocate and solicitor (non-practising) – Supreme Court of Singapore

Directorship of listed companies in past three years

  • CMON Limited (listed on HKSE with stock code 08278) – independent non-executive director since November 2016

Other experience and previous major appointments

  • Jones Day – partner
Chairman & Executive Director

KUOK Hui Kwong

Ms Kuok Hui Kwong was appointed as Chairman and Executive Director of Shangri-La Asia Limited in January 2017.

She joined Shangri-La Asia Limited’s Board of Directors in 2014 and served as Deputy Chairman in 2016. She is also a director of China World Trade Center Company Limited, Kerry Group Limited and Kerry Holdings Limited.

Prior to joining Shangri-La, Ms Kuok served as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of South China Morning Post Group Limited. She was also a director of The Post Publishing Public Company Limited.

Ms Kuok currently serves as Governor of the Kerry Group Kuok Foundation, a non-profit charitable organisation established in 2007 whose mission is to inspire and transform the lives of the underprivileged across Mainland China and Hong Kong in four strategic areas: Health, Education, Enterprise and Environment.

Ms Kuok holds a Bachelor’s degree in East Asian Studies from Harvard University.

Group Chief Executive Officer

LIM Beng Chee

Mr Lim Beng Chee oversees the Group’s daily operations and business activities, while guiding future success through on-going strategic planning.

As one of Asia’s most highly regarded retail real estate executives, he brings more than 20 years of experience in investment, development, operations, asset management and fund management within the real estate industry.

Before joining the Group, Mr Lim held various roles at CapitaLand Group from 1999-2014, including Chief Executive Officer of CapitaLand Mall Asia Limited, formerly known as CapitaMalls Asia Limited.

Mr Lim holds a Bachelor of Arts in Physics (Honours) from the University of Oxford, United Kingdom. He subsequently obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Education and a Master of Business Administration (Accountancy) from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore.

Chief Financial Officer

Dennis TAN

Mr Dennis Tan is responsible for the full spectrum of the Group’s financial functions. This includes the accounting and finance operations, treasury and internal control processes to drive strong business performance and compliance. He provides counsel to management on strategic financial planning and is responsible for investor relations.

Before joining Shangri-La Group, Mr Tan was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of DHL Express Asia Pacific. During his 22 years at DHL, he held various senior finance roles including tenures in DHL’s Global Headquarters as Senior Vice President and Global Controller.

He has a Master of Business Administration (Distinction) from Manchester Business School and a Bachelor of Accountancy (Honours) degree from the National University of Singapore. He is also a Fellow Chartered Accountant of Singapore.

Chief Human Resources Officer

George C TAN

George C Tan is a veteran HR practitioner with over 20 years of experience gained from diverse roles and industries spanning across consulting, banking, fast moving consumer goods, and insurance.

Before joining the Shangri-La Group, he served as Regional Director, Group HR at AIA Group where he was instrumental in the successful execution of the Group’s transformation and re-organisation initiatives.

Throughout his career, George has focused on building organisational and leadership capabilities for organisations to achieve its mission and purpose. In his leisure time, he actively volunteers in community and humanitarian work.

George holds a Masters of Philosophy in industrial and organisational psychology from the University of Hong Kong and a Bachelor of Behaviourial Science (Hons) from La Trobe University, Australia.

Chief Investment Officer

CHUA Chee Wui

Mr Chua Chee Wui oversees the Group’s Investment and Asset Management (IAM), Corporate Planning and Revenue Optimisation divisions. He focuses on driving new investment, asset enhancement, asset management, M&A, fund management initiatives, strategic planning and revenue optimisation, as well as enhancing asset value.

Before joining the Group, Mr Chua was Head of Investments at Singbridge. Prior to that, he was CEO of Keppel Integrated Engineering (KIE) where he structured and listed the world’s first green listed trust – K Green Trust – and guided KIE to become the top foreign Energy-from-Waste Company in China with 60% market share. He was also Executive Director of several Keppel Investment funds investing in cleantech/green infrastructure.

Mr Chua graduated from Balliol College, University of Oxford, United Kingdom with BA (Honours), 2nd Class Upper Degree, in Engineering Science. He has also passed all three levels of the CFA programme.

Chief Technology Officer

YANG Jian Cheng

Mr Yang Jian Cheng is responsible for driving strategic partnerships, identifying and leveraging technologies to bring the latest innovations to the Group.

Prior to this, Mr Yang worked at Qunar.com, one of the largest online travel agents in China, as the director of high-end hotel business. He played a leading role in developing Qunar’s hotel management system, which is an innovative, end-to-end international hotel reservation system.

Mr Yang holds a Masters degree in Microelectronic Engineering from Peking University and a Bachelor's degree in Electronics Engineering from Tianjin University.

Regional Chief Executive Officer - Middle East, Europe, India and the Americas

Oliver BONKE

Mr Oliver Bonke is responsible for driving growth in these regions including new investments, asset management, enhancing existing and new partnerships, and for improving hotel operational excellence. He is also driving the outbound customer strategy and customer flow from this region.

Prior to this, Mr Bonke was President and Chief Operating Officer for the Group where he oversees the Executive Vice Presidents responsible for regional hotel operations, and the Division Heads for the various operations.

Mr Bonke has 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry. He was Chief Commercial Officer of Loews Hotels & Co., a New York-based owner operator with 24 properties across the US and Canada.

Mr Bonke was also Chief Commercial Officer for InterContinental Hotels Group in the Americas. His previous roles include Starwood Hotels and Resorts as Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing in Asia Pacific, and in the same role with Starwood covering Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

Regional Chief Executive Officer – Southeast Asia and Australasia

CHAN Kong Leong

Mr Chan Kong Leong brings over 20 years of private and public sector experience in managing investment, project development, asset management, operations, strategic planning, and other corporate functions.

Based in Singapore, Mr Chan drives all businesses in his region, including new investments, asset management, project design, development and management, and hotel operations. He is also responsible for the region’s finance and human resources units.

Before joining Shangri-La Group, Mr Chan was the Chief Executive Officer of Suntec REIT and worked in CapitaLand Group where he held senior management roles including Senior Vice President/Head of Regional Investment, Asset and Fund Management of CapitaLand Mall Asia, and Regional General Manager, West China, CapitaLand Group.

He has a First-Class Honours in Bachelor of Science in Building from the National University of Singapore. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst Charter holder.

Regional Chief Executive Officer - Hong Kong and Taiwan Region; Business Head for Loyalty and Rewards

KOH Yat Chung (YC KOH)

YC KOH is responsible for driving the business growth and for managing the performance of our assets portfolio in the Hong Kong and Taiwan region. As business head for loyalty and rewards, he will further define and enhance our Golden Circle Rewards programmes to drive greater customer engagement and profitability. YC will focus on customer acquisition, developing new partnerships, creating innovative solutions to meet the increasingly sophisticated needs of customers.

YC was previously President, Asia at American Express International, Inc. and a member of the American Express Global Management Team. He is a seasoned American Express veteran with experience in the finance, payment and customer service areas. Over the course of his close to 30 years with the corporation, YC has accumulated a wealth of experience in devising strategies and developing compelling value propositions resulting in strong business growth and enhanced customer engagement.

YC has served on the board of directors of several corporations and tourism-related associations in Singapore, Hong Kong SAR and China. He is currently serving as a member of the Yale Asia Development Council.

He graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences Degree.