The Board of Directors is supported by a management team who has expertise in finance, asset management, mergers and acquisitions and hospitality.
Chief Executive Officer
Mr Vincent Yeo Wee Eng was appointed an Executive Director on 17 May 2006 as well as the Chief Executive Officer on 19 July 2006 of the H-REIT Manager and the HBT Trustee-Manager.
Mr Yeo is responsible for working within the H-REIT Manager Board and the HBT Trustee-Manager Board to determine the overall business, investment and operational strategies for H-REIT and HBT. He also works with other members of the H-REIT Manager's management team and the master lessees and managers of H-REIT's hotel properties to ensure that the business, investment and operational strategies of H-REIT are carried out as planned. In addition, Mr Yeo is responsible for the overall management and planning of the strategic direction of H-REIT and HBT. This includes overseeing the acquisition of hospitality, hospitality-related and other accommodation and/or lodging assets and property management strategies for H-REIT, as well as the activities of HBT, which acts as master lessee of any of H-REIT's hotel property or when it undertakes certain hospitality, hospitality-related and other accommodation and/or lodging development projects. Mr Yeo also handles the asset management function relating to some of the hotels currently.
Prior to his appointment as the Chief Executive Officer of the H-REIT Manager and HBT Trustee-Manager, he was the President of Millennium & Copthorne International Limited, Asia Pacific from 2003 to July 2006, responsible for overseeing the hotel operations in Asia Pacific and the corporate office in Singapore. Prior to that, he held the position of Chief Operating Officer from 2001 to 2003. Mr Yeo served as Chief Executive Officer of City e-Solutions Limited until November 2008 and as an Executive Director until April 2009. He is currently a Non-Executive Director of CDL Investments New Zealand Limited.
Between 1998 and 2000, he was an Executive Director of M&C based in London overseeing global sales and marketing. Between 1993 and 1998, he was the Executive Director and then the Managing Director of Millennium & Copthorne Hotels New Zealand Limited where he developed and integrated the largest chain of hotels in New Zealand.
Since 1998, Mr Yeo has been a Non-Executive Director of Millennium & Copthorne Hotels New Zealand Limited until stepping down from the position on 31 December 2015.
Mr Yeo graduated Summa Cum Laude and the top of his faculty in 1988 from Boston University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Major in Finance).
Chief Financial Officer
Ms Gan is responsible for CDLHT's financial and capital management functions. She oversees all matters involving finance and accounting, treasury, corporate finance (including fund raising activities), taxation, compliance and fund management, ensuring the alignment with CDLHT's investment strategy while focusing on optimising revenue and investment returns.
Ms Gan has more than 33 years of diverse experience in financial management, treasury, mergers and acquisitions, taxation and corporate advisory as well as in-depth knowledge of the hospitality, property development and property investment industries. Prior to joining the H-REIT Manager and the HBT Trustee-Manager, Ms Gan was the Group Financial Controller of the then public-listed company, Orchard Parade Holdings Limited ("OPHL" and now known as Far East Orchard Limited), a member a subsidiary of Far East Organisation Pte Ltd. She also served as a Director of all the subsidiaries of OPHL, primarily responsible for the stewardship of the subsidiaries' affairs and advising on new investment opportunities.
Ms Gan was also previously with PricewaterhouseCoopers, Singapore as Senior Audit Manager, where she was responsible for due diligence and acquisition audits, profit forecast reviews and the statutory audits of several public listed companies and large multinational corporations.
Ms Gan is a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants and a Fellow of Certified Public Accountants of Australia and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from The Australian National University.
Head, Asset Management
Mr Kitamura is responsible for CDLHT's asset management function involving performance optimisation and asset value enhancement initiatives across the portfolio.
Mr Kitamura has 34 years of experience in hospitality and previously served as Senior Vice President of asset management for GIC Real Estate where he was responsible for the fund's Asia-Pacific hospitality portfolio comprising assets such as the Westin Tokyo, Shangri-La Sydney and Park Hyatt Melbourne, a portfolio of Oakwood serviced apartments in Japan and a retail portfolio in Australia. During the 2008/09 global downturn, he successfully drove cost efficiency initiatives and led the re-branding of the 1,053-room Hilton Fukuoka.
His hotel management experience includes leading IHG's businesses in Japan as country head from 2002-2008, and securing exclusivity with ANA Airlines for a JV partnership for the 50-property ANA hotel chain in Japan. During this period, deal flow increased 200% including signing of the 600-room Crowne Plaza Kobe and successful extension of the group's presence in Tokyo, Yokohama, Kyoto and Nagasaki. Operationally, he led IHG's business in Japan across a multi-brand portfolio covering 10 cities including Tokyo, Yokohama and Kyoto.
Mr Kitamura also held senior Asia Pacific brand management and marketing positions within IHG in Hong Kong and Singapore. He started his career with Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group where he spent 10 years in a variety of sales & marketing roles at the property, regional and corporate levels.
Mr Kitamura holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago Booth Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel Administration from Cornell University.
Head, Investments & Investor Relations
Ms Koo is responsible for sourcing, evaluating, structuring, negotiating and executing potential acquisitions with a view to enhance CDLHT's investment portfolio. Her role includes the analysis and execution of suitable divestment opportunities and operator selection exercises for CDLHT. She is also responsible for maintaining relations with the media, investment and research community, as well as equity capital raising and corporate finance activities.
Ms Koo has more than 17 years of experience, spanning across real estate investments and investor relations in the REIT industry, equity corporate finance and listing regulations. Ms Koo was previously with the Standard Chartered Bank Corporate Advisory & Finance team which was responsible for the execution of merger and acquisition and equity corporate finance deals in Southeast Asia. Prior to her investment banking stint, she was with YTL Pacific Star REIT Management Limited, primarily involved in investments and asset management. Before this, Ms Koo was with the H-REIT Manager where her core responsibilities were investments and investor relations. She started her career in Singapore Exchange Limited, Issuer Regulation, and was responsible for reviewing applications for initial public offerings, fund raising and corporate actions of listed companies.
Ms Koo holds both the Chartered Financial Analyst and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst designations. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Singapore Management University with a Bachelor of Business Management (Major in Finance) and a Bachelor of Accountancy.