Board of Directors


Kwek Leng Beng (73)

Chairman

Kwek Leng Beng has been the Chairman of Millennium & Copthorne Hotels plc since its incorporation.

He is the Executive Chairman of the Hong Leong Group of Companies Singapore, and City Developments Limited.  He is also Chairman and Managing Director of Hong Leong Finance Limited and City e-Solutions Limited and the Chairman of Hong Leong Asia Ltd.

Mr Kwek's achievements have also captured the attention of the academic institutions. He was conferred:

Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration in Hospitality from Johnson & Wales University (Rhode Island, US), where students have an opportunity to pursue career education in business, hospitality, culinary arts or technology;

Honorary Doctorate from Oxford Brookes University (UK) whose citation traced how Mr Kwek, who joined the family business in the early 1960s, had gone on to establish an international reputation for his leadership of the Hong Leong Group, as well as being an active supporter of higher education in Singapore.

Mr Kwek also serves as a Member of the INSEAD East Asia Council. France-based INSEAD is one of the world' leading and largest graduate business schools which bring together people, cultures and ideas from around the world.

Mr Kwek is a Member of the Action Community of Entrepreneurship (ACE), which involves both the private and public sectors to create a more entrepreneurial environment in Singapore for small and medium enterprises.

Mr Kwek has distinguished himself in property investment and development, hotel ownership and management, financial services and industrial enterprises. Today, he sits on the flagship of a multi-billion empire worth over USD 20 billion in diversified premium assets worldwide, with an annual turnover of USD 4.55 billion and stocks traded on six of the world's stock markets. He currently heads worldwide staff strength of over 40,000 across a range of businesses in Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, Europe and North America. Mr Kwek also played a pivotal advisory role in Las Vegas Sands Corporation's successful bid for Singapore's high profile Integrated Resort project at the Marina Bay.

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Wong Hong Ren (63)

Chief Executive Officer

Wong Hong Ren joined Millennium & Copthorne Hotels plc as a non-executive Director at the flotation of the Group in 1996 and has been an Executive Director since April 2001. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Company on 27 June 2011.  Mr Wong is Chairman of Millennium & Copthorne New Zealand Limited and CDL Investments New Zealand Limited, both of which are listed on the New Zealand stock exchange. He is also the non-executive Chairman of M&C REIT Management Limited which manages the Singapore listed CDL Hospitality Trusts.

His Excellency Shaukat Aziz (65)

Non-Executive Director

Shaukat Aziz was Prime Minister of Pakistan from 2004 to 2007 having previously been Pakistan's Finance Minister from 1999. He had a long and successful career with Citibank, which he joined in 1969, and held a number of senior positions including Corporate Planning Officer for Citicorp, Head of Corporate and Investment Banking for Asia, Chief Country Officer in Malaysia and in Jordan and as a board member of various Citibank subsidiaries, including Citicorp Islamic Bank and the Saudi American Bank.

Nicholas George (60)

Non-Executive Director

Nicholas George is a Chartered Accountant and is a Director of LGT Capital Partners (UK) Limited, he also sits on the Boards of GK Goh Holdings Limited and euNetworks Limited, both of which are listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange. He has over 30 years experience in investment banking and was a Managing Director of JP Morgan Securities (previously Jardine Fleming) in Asia from 1993 to 2002 and a Managing Director of HSBC Securities in Asia from 2002 to 2003.

 

Kwek Leng Peck (58)

Non-Executive Director

Kwek Leng Peck joined Millennium & Copthorne Hotels plc at the flotation of the Group. He holds directorships on most of the listed companies within the Hong Leong Group, including City Developments Limited, Hong Leong Finance Limited and Tasek Corporation Berhad.  He also serves as an Executive Director for Hong Leong Asia Limited and City e-Solutions Limited.

Kwek Eik Sheng (33)

Non-Executive Director

Kwek Eik Sheng was appointed to the Board in May 2011. He has been with the Hong Leong Group since 2006, before joining City Developments Limited in 2009, where he is currently Head, Corporate Development.

Alexander Waugh (50)

Non-Executive Director

Alexander Waugh is a world renowned author, literary critic and composer. He has commercial experience in event management, the media industry and is the founder of a successful publishing business.

Sean Collins (64)

Senior Independent Non-Executive Director

Sean Collins was appointed to the Board in September 2012. A chartered accountant, he was formerly a senior audit and advisory partner at KPMG, where he had worked since 1972. From 2009 to 2012, Mr Collins was Head of Markets, Asia Pacific, responsible for the firm's business development in the Asia Pacific region. He also led the Global Communications and Media practice for over a decade.  Mr Collins has deep and extensive experience of corporate governance, financial reporting and other corporate disciplines, gained during many years as lead partner for a large number of major international clients.  He is Non-Executive Director and Audit Committee Chairman of the JT Group.  Other appointments include member of the Case Management Committee of the Financial Reporting Council, Council Member of the Royal Society for Asian Affairs, Governor and Deputy Chairman of More House School in Surrey, England.

Susan Farr (58)

Non-Executive Director

Susan Farr was appointed to the Board in December 2013. She is a specialist in business development and marketing and is currently Executive Director, Business Development at Chime Communications. She also currently serves as a non-executive director of Dairy Crest and Motivcom.

In the course of a distinguished career, Ms. Farr has held senior management positions in a diverse range of organisations including Vauxhall Motors, the British Broadcasting Corporation and Thames Television. She is a former Chair of The Marketing Society and the Marketing Group of Great Britain.