Leading Team

Driving our pursuit of excellence

At Capella Hotel Group, our inspiring leaders are focused on forging sustainable long term growth and success for the future - for the owners, colleagues and guests that they serve. Coming from diverse backgrounds, our leaders play complementary roles to one another, offering a unique perspective to ensure enhanced business performance and organisational synergy.

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Executive Committee

Board of Directors

Board of Directors

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Executive Committee

Mr. Cristiano Rinaldi

PRESIDENT

Mr. Cristiano Rinaldi is the President of Capella Hotel Group. Joining the group in September 2020, Mr. Rinaldi provides direction and guidance to all Capella managed hotels in achieving operational excellence. He also lends a strategic vision for new openings under the group’s rapid global expansion plans.

Throughout his impressive career spanning over 25 years, Mr. Rinaldi opened more than 35 luxury hotels across the globe. He demonstrates a deep understanding of the industry’s best practices, having held leadership positions across Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific with Ritz-Carlton, Edition, One&Only and Bulgari Hotels & Resorts. Leading up to his appointment at Capella Hotel Group, Mr. Rinaldi was Cluster General Manager for The Tokyo EDITION Toranomon and Ginza and Vice President, Operations of One & Only Resorts.

Mr. Samuel M. Ding

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT
DESIGN AND TECHNICAL SERVICES

Mr. Poh Hock Leong

VICE PRESIDENT
TECHNICAL SERVICES

Mr. Andreas Kohn

VICE PRESIDENT
SALES & MARKETING

Ms. Jacinta Soh

VICE PRESIDENT
HUMAN RESOURCES

Mr. Clive Edwards III

VICE PRESIDENT
OPERATIONS, ROOMS

Mr. Vishal Daga

VICE PRESIDENT
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Dr. Mei Ping

Head of China

Board of Directors

GUY HARVEY-SAMUEL

CHAIRMAN

Guy Harvey-Samuel is an Independent Director of JTC Corporation and serves as Member of the Board of Surbana Jurong Private Limited, Wing Tai Holdings Ltd, Mapletree Industrial Trust Management Ltd, M1Limited and Capella Hotel Group Pte Ltd. Mr Harvey-Samuel serves in the community as a Justice of the Peace. He is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the National Youth Achievement Awards, he sits on the National Arts Council and the National Parks Board (Chairman of the Audit Committee) and is also Vice Chairman of the Community Chest Committee.

Mr Harvey-Samuel spent the majority of his career working with HSBC Group and worked in 12 countries across the world, undertaking senior management roles in Australia, the United Kingdom, Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong. He retired in 2017 as Group General Manager, Chief Executive Officer of HSBC Singapore, and had previously served as HSBC’s Group General Manager and Head of International, Asia Pacific based in Hong Kong. Mr Harvey-Samuel was a long time member of the Asia Executive Committee and, after retiring, was non-executive Chairman of HSBC (Singapore) Ltd. until October 2018.

EVAN KWEE

VICE-CHAIRMAN

Evan Kwee spent nine years leading the business development arm of Pontiac Land Group, an $8 billion private real estate developer in Singapore. He oversees the development efforts for the Capella Hotel Group and heads up product development for the group working closely with clients, architects and engineers to ensure design excellence while creating innovative but also profitable products.

STEPHEN LEE CHING YEN

SPECIAL ADVISOR TO THE BOARD

Mr. Lee is the Chairman of Shanghai Commercial Bank (Hong Kong), Tripartite Alliance Ltd and Deputy Chairman of M+S Pte Ltd. He is Managing Director of Shanghai Commercial & Savings Bank Ltd (Taipei) and GMT Investments Pts Ltd. Mr. Lee is currently a Board Director of Temasek Holdings Pte Ltd, CapitalLand Ltd, Singapore Labour Foundation, Kidney Dialysis Foundation, Marina South Investments Pte Ltd, Ophir-Rochor Investments and MS Property Management. He is also appointed as Member of Council of Presidential Advisers, a Member of NTUC-ARU Board of Trustee and the Chancellor of Singapore University of Social Sciences.

Mr. Lee was the President of the Singapore National Employers Federation, Chairman of Singapore Airlines and SIA Engineering Company Ltd. and Chairman of NTUC Income Insurance Cooperative Ltd. Mr. Lee was awarded the Beijing’s Friendship Awards to Foreign Experts in 2007, the Singapore Distinguished Service Order in 2006, the Singapore Public Service Star in 1998 and the Distinguished Comrade of Labour in 2015. He was also conferred one of Singapore’s highest state awards, Order of Nila Utama (First Class) in 2015.

JEAN-MARC POULLET

BOARD MEMBER

Mr. Poullet is the Chairman Asia for Burgess. His role is to provide guidance on the company’s developments in the region and to help coordinate key client relationships. Prior his appointment with Burgess, Mr. Poullet retired as Senior Partner of global business advisory firm McKinsey & Co. Currently based in Singapore, Mr. Poullet has been in Asia since 1993 and has more than 20 years experience advising leading Asian business leaders and entrepreneurs.

PHILIP KWEE

BOARD MEMBER

Philip is the Chief Operating Officer of Pontiac Land Private Limited, a privately-held Singapore-based real estate company with a diversified international portfolio. Prior to joining Pontiac Land, Philip was a consultant with McKinsey & Company, and also worked for Singtel. He has a Master of Arts (Law) from the University of Cambridge.

KWEE KER-WEI

BOARD MEMBER

Ker-Wei Kwee is Senior Vice President of Investments at Pontiac Land Group, focusing on the groups new development projects across the hospitality, residential, and commercial space. Prior to Pontiac Land Group, Ker-Wei was with Hines, a Houston-based real estate company, in its San Francisco regional office.

Ker-Wei is also a management committee member of the Real Estate Developers Association of Singapore (REDAS). He holds a BA in International Relations and a MBA from Stanford University.

RONALD ISSEN

BOARD MEMBER

Mr. Ronald Issen is Managing Director, Issen & Company with experience in the gaming/hospitality, real estate, private education and commodities/infrastructure sectors having spent more than 15 years in Asia in Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan and Macao. He is a past Senior Advisor with Apollo Global Management LLC, and has served as a non-independent board member of both HKSE and SGX listed companies.

He is a former member of the Executive Management Committee of Hong Kong-headquartered eSun Holdings Limited (Lai Sun Group), a leading Hong Kong based hotel owner/property developer and Chinese-language film and live entertainment group. Earlier, Mr. Issen spent more than 10 years as a senior banking executive in project finance and government advisory with then-Banque Indosuez (now part of Credit Agricole) in Europe and Asia, having begun his career Smith Barney (now part of Citigroup) and with the Boston Consulting Group. He holds an MBA from Stanford University.

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