Millennium & Copthorne Hotels plc
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Board of Directors
Kwek Leng Beng
Kwek Leng Beng has been the Chairman of Millennium & Copthorne Hotels plc since its incorporation. He is also the executive chairman of City Developments Limited and chairman and managing director of Hong Leong Finance Limited. He is currently the non-executive chairman of Hong Leong Asia Limited but will be stepping down as its chairman and as a director at its upcoming annual general meeting in April 2017. Mr Kwek was also the chairman and managing director of City e-Solutions Limited until he stepped down in September 2016 after it ceased to be a subsidiary of City Developments Limited. Mr Kwek holds an honorary doctorate in Business Administration in Hospitality from Johnson & Wales University in the US, and an honorary doctorate from Oxford Brookes University in the UK. He also serves as a member of the INSEAD East Asia Council. Kwek Leng Beng has distinguished himself in property investment and development, hotel ownership and management, financial services, and industrial enterprises. Mr. Kwek was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards 2017 organised by Enterprise Asia, a regional non-governmental organisation for entrepreneurship. The accolade was in recognition of his outstanding achievements, visionary leadership and steadfast dedication that has led to the successful growth of the Hong Long Group for over five decades. He leads a business empire worth over US$32b in diversified premium assets worldwide and companies traded on 6 of the world's stock markets. Mr Kwek heads a worldwide staff of over 40,000 across a range of businesses in Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, Europe, and North America.
Kwek Eik Sheng
Kwek Eik Sheng was appointed to the Board in April 2008. He has been with the Hong Leong Group of companies in Singapore since 2006 and joined City Developments Limited in 2009, where he currently serves as the Chief Strategy Officer and Head, Asset Management. Mr Kwek holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine and a MPhil in Finance from Judge Business School, Cambridge University.
Kwek Leng Peck
Kwek Leng Peck was appointed to the Board in February 1995, prior to the flotation of the Company on the London Stock Exchange. He holds directorships on most of the listed companies within the Hong Leong Group of companies in Singapore, including City Developments Limited, Hong Leong Finance Limited, and China Yuchai International Limited. He also serves as an Executive Director for Hong Leong Asia Limited, and is Non-Executive Chairman of Tasek Corporation Berhad.
His Excellency Shaukat Aziz
Shaukat Aziz was appointed to the Board in June 2009. He was elected as Prime Minister of Pakistan and served between 2004 and 2007, having previously held the post of Finance Minister for 5 years. After graduating from Gordon College, Rawalpindi in 1967, Mr Aziz gained a MBA degree from the Institute of Business Administration, University of Karachi. An internship at Citibank marked the beginning of a 30 year career in global finance, encompassing roles globally. As Executive Vice President, he held several senior management positions in Citibank, including Head of Institutional Banking for Central Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and later for Asia Pacific, followed by Chief Executive of their global wealth management business. A renowned public speaker on economic and geopolitical affairs, Mr Aziz is a member of several boards and advisory boards of various commercial and non-profit entities around the world.
Susan Farr was appointed to the Board in December 2013. She was a business director of Chime Communication Limited (formerly Chime Communication plc) from 2003 until 2015 and serves as a special adviser on a part time basis. She also serves as a non-executive director of British American Tobacco p.l.c., Dairy Crest plc, Accsys Technologies plc and Dolphin Capital Investors Limited. A specialist in business development and marketing, Ms Farr previously held a number of senior management positions at Vauxhall Motors, the BBC and Thames Television. She is also the former chair of The Marketing Society and the Marketing Group of Great Britain.
Gervase MacGregor was appointed to the Board in December 2014. He has been a partner in BDO LLP since 1991, where he is currently the Head of International Advisory, Risk and Quality Services, specialising in forensic investigations, and expert witness services. Prior to joining BDO LLP, Mr MacGregor worked as a petroleum geologist in the North Sea, Australia and West Africa. He has experience in the hospitality sector over the last 25 years, first as an auditor of international five star hotels, and more recently in investigations and disputes in the sector. Gervase MacGregor is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, is a graduate of the University of Liverpool, and has a Masters from HEC in Paris.
Daniel Desbaillets was appointed to the Board in September 2014. Prior to his appointment Mr Desbaillets was an Independent Non-Executive Director of M&C REIT Management Limited, the manager for CDL Hospitality Real Estate Investment Trust ("H-REIT"), and also of M&C Business Trust Management Limited, the trustee-manager for CDL Hospitality Business Trust ("HBT"). Both H-REIT and HBT are comprised as a stapled group in CDL Hospitality Trusts ("CDLHT") which is listed on the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited. Mr Desbaillets has extensive hospitality experience. He has been in the hospitality industry since 1973 holding senior positions with InterContinental Hotel Group, Hilton and Shangri-La. He was appointed to the boards of CDLHT as an Independent Non-Executive Director in July 2010.
Martin Leitch was appointed to the Board and as a member of the Audit and Nominations Committees in May 2017. He is an international finance executive with over 30 years’ experience in both publicly quoted and private equity owned groups. He is a Chartered Accountant and has since 2013 provided finance, strategy, corporate finance and other services to a number of international businesses, including Volac International and Constantia Flexibles. Before that he was Chief Financial Officer at Innovia Films, Quest International and Antalis Group. He began his corporate career at Pepsi-Cola International in 1993, having worked for Price Waterhouse in both the UK and US between 1979 and 1993.
Christian de Charnacé
Christian de Charnacé was appointed to the Board in August 2017. He has over 40 years of global experience in merchant, corporate and institutional banking. Most recently he was CEO, Investment Banking Asia Pacific, for BNP Paribas based in Hong Kong. He has since 1980 led various divisions of the bank working in Singapore, Hong Kong, Seoul, Los Angeles, Taipei, Tokyo, Paris and London. Mr de Charnacé has been involved in numerous financing and advisory transactions for clients throughout Asia, the US and Europe, and has considerable experience in advising listed companies. He began his banking career at Bank of America, working in its Multinational Division.
Tan Kian Seng
Mr Tan Kian Seng, joined the Group as Group Chief of Staff and interim President of Asia in October 2016, and assumed the position of Interim Group Chief Executive Officer of the Company on 1 March 2017. He has not been appointed as a Director at this time, although it is expected that he will attend Company Board meetings on a regular basis. Prior to working for the Group, Mr Tan had over 30 years of senior executive experience in operations and managing finance, legal, investor relations, purchasing, business development, human resources, information technology and other functions. Most recently he served as advisor to the CEO and Chairman of Venture Corporation Limited ("Venture"), listed on the Singapore Exchange, a leading global provider of technology services, products and solutions that has over 12,000 employees and operations in markets worldwide. Mr Tan joined Venture in 2001 and held increasingly senior roles in various jurisdictions, including Vice President of Operations in Malaysia until February 2006, Chief Financial Officer until February 2012 and Group President from 2011 until February 2016. Mr Tan helped to drive the growth of the business during his tenure and in 2015, Venture achieved sales of S$2.65 billion with annual profit of S$154 million. Before joining Venture, Mr Tan was Finance Director and held other senior finance roles with LenovoEMC (formerly Iomega Corp.) and financial controller and accounting roles with various technology and toy manufacturers. He started his career as an accountant in the U.K. and audit manager in Malaysia with the audit firms currently known as Deloitte and PricewaterhouseCoopers respectively. Mr Tan is an associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.