The future of a Singapore-listed infrastructure trust leads this week’s review of hirings and promotions from around the region, as a Keppel-managed vehicle lines up a new CEO. A new money guy for Hong Kong’s Rosewood Hotels also makes the list, as does a new independent director for CapitaLand India Trust.
Keppel Infrastructure Fund Management, the trustee and manager of Keppel Infrastructure Trust, said on 7 June that it had appointed Kevin Neo Tzu Chao as deputy chief executive with effect from the next day. A seven year veteran of Keppel Group, Neo steps into the deputy CEO role under a plan which has him taking over as chief executive of the trust from incumbent Jopy Chiang on 1 October. Before joining Keppel in 2016, Neo, now 43, held M&A advisory and investment positions with PwC and Singapore Power.
Rosewood Hotel Group said on 1 June that it has appointed Kevin Yung as chief financial officer of the hospitality division of Hong Kong’s New World Group. Yung took on his new role recently after previously serving as a strategic advisor to Rosewood Hotels. He continues to serve as managing partner of Rosewood Capital Ventures, a Los Angeles venture capital affiliate of Rosewood Hotels Group and previously held the title of group CEO with CTF Education, a unit of Chow Tai Fook Enterprises, the family office of the Cheng clan which controls New World.
Priyank Shah has joined Logicap Investment Advisers in Singapore as head of fund management and strategic business development, according to a LinkedIn update. The London School of Economics graduate takes on his new role after more than 12 years as JLL in Singapore and Mumbai, including serving for the past two years as senior director with the property consultancy’s capital markets team for Asia Pacific.
CapitaLand India Trust Management said on 31 May that it was appointing Kevin Goh, now 47, as a non-executive, non-independent director on the trust’s board with effect from the next day. Goh, whose day job is chief executive of CapitaLand Investment’s Lodging division, will also be joining the trust’s audit committee and has held senior management roles in CapitaLand’s lodging business since 2012.
Cushman & Wakefield announced on 6 June that it has appointed Mika Kania as director of sustainability and ESG for Asia Pacific. Reporting to Matt Clifford, the company’s head of sustainability and ESG for Asia Pacific, Kania joins C&W in Hong Kong from JLL where she had served as senior director of sustainability services for Asia Pacific for more than two years. She also has previous experience with WeWork and the US Green Building Council.
ESR Group said on 7 June that JD Property chief executive Hu Wei had retired from his position as a non-executive director on the company’s board at the ESR annual general meeting that same day. Hu had first joined ESR’s board in 2021, taking over a board seat from former JD Logistics chief executive Wang Zhenhui. ESR had yet to appoint a replacement to take over Hu’s board seat at the time of publication.
Yiwen (Ivan) Zhang has joined JD.com in London as an investment manager responsible for pan-European logistics and industrial real estate investment with the e-commerce giant’s JD Property division, according to a LinkedIn update. Having recently completed a master of business administration degree at the University of Cambridge in the UK, Zhang also has previous experience with Mapletree Investments in Beijing.
Sandip Patnaik has been promoted to senior managing director with JLL India after 17 years with the property consultancy, according to a LinkedIn update. Advising on a range of deals including corporate leasing, investment transactions, development joint ventures and fund raising, the Hyderabad-based executive reports directly JLL’s India chief executive and country head, Radah Dhir.
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