The CEO of Southeast Asia’s largest property developer leads this week’s roundup of people moves, with CapitaLand announcing that its top executive will be calling it quits at the end of the year. Also of note, a Paris-based resort operator has brought a project management veteran on board in Shanghai, and a Southeast Asian property website has welcomed a new HR head, so keep reading for all the particulars.
Lim Ming Yan, President and Group Chief Executive Officer of Singapore-listed developer CapitaLand Group will retire on December 31 of this year, the company announced. Lim, who joined the group in 1996, will have served for more than 22 years, including a six-year tenure as president and Group CEO starting January 2013. Aged 55, Lim has also served as CEO of serviced residence unit The Ascott Group Ltd from 2009-2012, CEO of CapitaLand China Holdings Ltd from 2000-2009, and Chief Corporate and Investment Officer of Somerset Group (now Ascott) from 1997-1999. The company’s board of directors has accepted Lim’s retirement notice and he will retain his current roles until the end of the year, while working with the board to ensure a smooth transition. The company has not yet appointed a new CEO.
Richard Ong has joined European tourism firm Pierre & Vacances Center Parcs Group as Director of Project Management, based in Shanghai. The specialist in corporate real estate operations, project development and construction management focusses on the development of high-end villa and hotel resort projects, and previously worked for DTW Real Estate Development Co, where he was responsible for developments in Sanya, Hainan province. The 20-year industry veteran has also worked for firms including Compaq, Microsoft, and Altus Group in a variety of real estate roles.
Genevieve Godwin has been named human resources director of online real estate portal PropertyGuru Group. Based in Singapore, Godwin will lead the human resources function for the company’s employees across Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia. The executive has more than 17 years of international HR experience across the advertising, technology and communications industries, and joins PropertyGuru from Telenor Group, where she served as head of HR for the telecom firm’s Digital Businesses in Asia Pacific, Europe, and the US.
Ranju Alex has been appointed by Marriott International as Multi-Property Vice President, Bengaluru & Kochi and General Manager for Bengaluru Marriott Hotel Whitefield. In the new role, Alex oversees the Bangalore and Kochi markets in southern India, including 20 hotels and four properties under development for the global hospitality group. She previously worked as General Manager of the JW Marriott Kolkata and Multi-Property Vice President for East India, Bhutan and Bangladesh.
Sukamal Mondal has been appointed by OnyxHospitality Group as General Manager of Shama Lakeview Asoke Bangkok, overseeing the 429-unit property in the Thai capital formerly known as Somerset Lake Point Bangkok, according to an announcement. Sukamal, a 12-year veteran of the hospitality firm in China and Thailand, most recently served as general manager at Oriental Residence Bangkok, after holding the same title at Shama Sukhumvit Bangkok. Trained in Kolkata, India, the hotel management specialist has also worked for Marriott in Phuket, Hainan and Shanghai.
Juliet Chiu is now Assistant Sales & Marketing Manager at Sansiri PLC, based in Hong Kong. Her new role at the leading Thai developer of condos and houses follows a stint at property brokerage Savills, most recently as senior marketing officer. Prior to joining the company in 2015, Chiu worked at Macroview Telecom Limited as an assistant logistics executive in Hong Kong, after receiving a master’s in corporate communication from The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Nguyen Thi Tuong Vi has jumped on board at CFLD International via the developer’s Management Associate Program, specialising in Business Development and Investment in Vietnam. Before joining the international arm of mainland industrial builder China Fortune Land Development (CFLD) this month, Vi worked for Bosch Singapore as a Marketing Team Leader for Surelock Pte, a Bosch-backed collaborative innovation startup. She also served as a marketing intern for Forbes Vietnam, after graduating Vietnam National University, Ho Chi Minh City.
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