management

Corporate Team

  • Simon Gerovich
    Co-founder
    Chairman & Executive Director

    <p>Simon is Red Planet’s Executive Chairman. Before founding Red Planet, Simon was active in private equity and real estate ventures in South East Asia and in this regard he served on the boards of several listed public companies in Japan and Thailand. Being a fluent Chinese and Japanese speaker, he has spent his entire professional career in Asia. Simon was formerly an Equity Derivatives Trader at Goldman Sachs in Tokyo from 2000 to 2005. He graduated with a BA, cum laude, in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University in 2000. Simon is a member of YPO’s ASEAN United Chapter, and serves as the Chapter’s FY2018 Finance Officer. </p>

  • Timothy Hansing
    Co-founder
    Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director

    <p>Tim is Red Planet’s CEO. Prior to founding Red Planet, Tim was Senior Vice President (Acquisitions and Development) for Kingdom Hotel Investments in Riyadh and Dubai. Before Kingdom, Tim served as Senior Vice President (Corporate Development) for Movenpick Hotels &amp; Resorts. Tim has an extensive consulting background having been a director of Arthur Andersen’s hospitality services group in the Middle East and Africa and with Pannell Kerr Forster in London. He started his career in London with various operational roles at the Whitbread Hotel Group, Thistle Hotels, Canadian Pacific, and Forte.</p>

  • Kenneth Kerr
    Co-founder
    Senior Vice President - Acquisitions & Executive Director

    <p>Ken is a co-founder of Red Planet and oversees the acquisitions function. Prior to Red Planet Hotels, Ken was Vice President (Acquisitions and Development) for Kingdom Hotel Investments. Before that, he was CFO, COO, and Acting Chief Executive Officer of Elegant Hotels Group, owner and manager of seven Caribbean based luxury hotels. He joined Elegant Hotels from Inter-Continental Hotels Group, where his latest position was Vice President Finance &amp; Business Development, Asia-Pacific, in Singapore. Ken is an Articled Chartered Accountant, having started his career with Price Waterhouse Coopers in London and Hamburg. He graduated with an LLB from Cardiff University. Ken is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.</p>

  • Mark Reinecke
    Co-founder
    Senior Vice President – Investment & Executive Director

    <p>Mark is a co-founder of Red Planet Hotels and oversees the investments function. Before that, Mark was Chief Investment Officer, CEO, and Vice-Chairman of listed private equity group Evolution Capital PLC, based in Bangkok. Previously, he was a co-founder and Finance Director of Kudu Co. Ltd., a Bangkok-based residential developer, and was Managing Director of Indosuez W.I. Carr Securities responsible for Thailand, Indonesia, and the Philippines. Mark started his career at Barings Securities in Bangkok after he graduated with an LLB from the London School of Economics in 1990.</p>

  • Erwann Mahe
    Chief Operating Officer

    <p>Erwann is Red Planet’s COO. He has extensive international experience in hotel operations, primarily in the USA and Thailand.&#160;He has a diversified background in the hospitality industry and has held senior management positions with the Accor group, where he was instrumental in launching the Ibis brand in Thailand and establishing its corporate office. Prior to joining Red Planet Hotels, Erwann was Executive Vice President, Hotel Investments for the Erawan Group in Bangkok, overseeing the roll-out of Ibis hotels across Thailand and conceptualising a new budget brand. </p>

  • Yoshi Ikurumi
    Group Chief Financial Officer

    <p>Yoshi is Red Planet’s Group CFO. A native of Kyoto, Japan, he has built his international career in the United States and Japan. Yoshi started his career as a marketing specialist for Bank One (now JP Morgan Chase), and has since blended his marketing skills with his financial savvy to develop as an experienced CFO. Prior to joining Red Planet Hotels, Yoshi worked at Morgan Stanley, GE Capital, and Hewlett Packard. Yoshi holds a MBA degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.</p>

  • Jai Govindani
    Chief Technology Officer

    <p>Jai is Red Planet’s CTO. He began his career at an entrepreneurial incubator, where he pioneered business concepts that combined and transformed online and offline media into social entertainment experiences. Later, Jai successfully steered Thailand-listed Siam2you's Digital Media business back into profitability, after which he founded Monster Media, Thailand's leading interactive media firm. Jai also founded and ran Zodio, a Bangkok-based search and reviews platform focused on Asia. He is a graduate of University of Mount Union.</p>

  • David Burnett
    Senior Vice President - Technical Services

    <p>David heads up Technical Services at Red Planet with extensive professional experience in the field of design, project development, and asset management. Previous employment includes positions as Senior Vice President and Development for Evolution Capital PLC and Vice President of Design and Development for Goldenland Property Development PLC. David holds separate Master Degrees in Architecture, Business Administration, and Real Estate from the respective UK universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow, and the College of Estate Management in Reading. He is also a registered UK Architect and a RICS certified Project Manager.<br /></p>

  • Pascal Bartholome
    Senior Vice President - Human Resources

    <p>Pascal is Red Planet Hotels’ Senior Vice President of Human Resources. He has more than 20 years international experience in the hospitality business and specialises in developing and streamlining efficiency within the human resource sector. He has previously held senior HR positions in France, the Caribbean, Thailand, and Singapore. Pascal has amassed a wealth of expertise whilst leading the HR functions in various territories with leading hotel players, most notably Accor, before joining Red Planet Hotels.</p>

  • Henry Samuel
    Vice President - Revenue Management

    <p>Henry is Vice President of Revenue Management at Red Planet Hotels. He brings more than 30 years of global experience in the hospitality industry having worked in Brunei, Malaysia, China, Australia, Fiji, Indonesia, Maldives, Australia, and Thailand, spending most of that time with Starwood Hotels &amp; Resorts. He has spent the past 18 years in the revenue management field, latterly with various Starwood properties in Indonesia, China, Maldives, Bangkok, and Phuket, implementing or upgrading their revenue management systems, processes, and training.</p>

  • Patinee Kraidej
    Group General Counsel

    <p>Patinee is Red Planet’s Group General Counsel. Before that, she was in-house counsel and corporate secretary for Evolution Capital PLC, listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand. Her work experience includes being an associate in a well-regarded law firm in Bangkok, advising public and private entities on general corporate matters, taxation, and international and domestic commercial transactions. Patinee is a registered Notary Public, and graduated with an LLM from the London School of Economics, and holds an LLB (Hons) from Chulalongkorn University.</p>

  • Aline Massart
    Vice President Marketing

    <p>Aline is Red Planet’s Marketing Vice President. She has extensive experience in the hospitality industry with a strong background and expertise in Digital Marketing. In 2008, Aline moved to Thailand, where she joined Accor. She held several management positions related to online marketing, with the latest one being Regional Director of Digital Marketing, leading the online strategy of Accor across 6 countries (Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Philippines, and Myanmar). </p>

  • Pattama Joednapa
    Group Financial Controller

    <p>Pattama is Red Planet’s Group Financial Controller. Before that, she was Chief Financial Officer for Evolution Capital PLC, listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand. Pattama has extensive experience in all strategic and tactical matters in relation to finance and accounting, including international taxation and legal entity structures. Pattama graduated with an MSF from Chulalongkorn University and BBA from Srinakharinwirot University.</p>

  • James Hawrylak
    Group Investor Relations Director

    <p>Jim is Red Planet’s Group Investor Relations Director and brings over 15 years of experience in Investor Relations and Corporate Governance from leading APAC businesses at cross-border IR specialty firm, Taylor Rafferty, and proxy voting advisory firm, Institutional Shareholder Services. He has been residing in Asia for over 25 years and speaks fluent Japanese and conversational Mandarin. Further, James holds an MA in East Asian Languages from the University of Hawaii and an MBA from Thunderbird.</p>

  • Pinnuwat Chaikoonpol
    Vice President - Financial Planning

    <p>Pinnuwat is Red Planet’s Vice President of Financial Planning and therefore heads all financial forecasting and modelling functions. He has extensive experience in real estate investment projects across Asia having come to Red Planet from Macquarie Global Property Advisors in Singapore, where he ran financial models for South East Asian investments and coordinated due diligence. He is a Licensed Architect and a Principal Certified Valuer.</p>

  • Hemangi Bhandari
    Vice President - Acquisitions

    <p>Hemangi is Vice President of Red Planet’s Hotel Acquisitions team. Previously, she worked at HVS Global Services' consulting and valuation division, focusing on South East Asian markets. Hemangi holds an MBA degree in Hospitality and Finance from Les Roches International School of Hotel Management in Switzerland.&#160;</p>

management

Red Planet Indonesia

  • Suwito
    President Director

    <p>Before joining Red Planet Indonesia, Suwito had founded Republik Capital Management Limited in 2004 - a boutique real estate advisement, management and investing house focusing in major real estate assets acquisition/disposition/investment in Asia.</p>

  • Nancy Nataleo
    Chief Financial Officer & Corporate Secretary

    <p>Nancy is an Indonesia Chartered Accountant (CA), Australia Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) Australia, and Indonesia Certified Audit Committee Practices (CACP) with extensive experience in accounting, finance, and senior management. She started her career with PWC in Jakarta before holding various multi-disciplinary roles with several listed companies.</p>

  • Florent Humeau
    Director of Operations Indonesia

    <p>Florent brings with him 12 years of professional hospitality experiences in various senior operational management positions in France, UK, China, Seychelles, Thailand and Philippines.<br />Florent is working in Indonesia since 2015 and prior to joining Red Planet Indonesia, he was the General Manager of Grandkemang Hotel in Jakarta.</p>

  • Binariyanti Sembiring
    Regional Director of Sales & Marketing

    <p>Bina brings more than 20 years experience in the hospitality industry working in the sales and marketing departments of local and international hotel operators including Starwood, Aston, Accor, and Best Western. Bina's most recent position was as Corporate Director of Sales with Best Western International with responsibility for all Best Western properties in Indonesia. With Red Planet Indonesia, Bina is responsible for all sales and marketing activities for the company's growing portfolio of properties.</p>

management

Red Planet Japan

  • Jitai Jeon
    Project Director

    <p>Reporting directly to the SVP of Technical Services, Jitai is responsible for the strategic management and execution of Red Planet Japan’s hotel development and construction activities. Over the span of 10 years he has focused on project management in the varied sectors of retail, commercial, and hospitality development. Before he joined Red Planet Japan, he was Regional Project Manager at Regus Group, covering Australia, SEA, Japan, and Korea. Jitai completed a degree in Interactive Design at Emily Carr University of Art &amp; Design in British Columbia, Canada, and Architectural Design at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, U.S.A. </p>

  • Sander Cohen
    Director of Legal

    <p>Sander is Red Planet Japan’s Legal Director. He brings with him more than 20 years of undertaking legal and compliance work in Japan, Germany, and Canada. An accomplished Japanese speaker, prior to joining Red Planet he was in-house counsel at Mitsubishi Corporation, and later was Head of Legal &amp; Compliance at the Japanese subsidiaries of major American investment management firms. Sander is an alumnus of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and a member of the New York Bar.</p>

  • Mika Umemura
    Director of Operations

    <p>Mika is Red Planet Japan’s Director of Operations. Fluent in Japanese, Mandarin, and English, she has a successful track record in various senior operational management positions with local and international hotel operations, including Accor, Regent, Shangri-La, Far East Hospitality, and Solare Hotels &amp; Resorts in Japan, China, and Singapore. Prior to joining Red Planet Japan, Mika was the Area General Manager of Far East Hospitality Management in Singapore. She graduated with a Master’s Degree in Finance and also holds a Diploma in Hotel Management. </p>

  • Aziz Nomartov
    Director of Acquisitions

    <p>Aziz is Red Planet Japan’s Director of Acquisitions and a key player in achieving Red Planet’s ambitious development goals in Japan. He is an investment professional with 20 years of cross-border experience in real estate, corporate lending, and finance. Prior to joining the Planet, Aziz was Vice President of Acquisitions at Capbridge Investors, Japan and Investment Manager of the Global Business Division at Tama Home Co. Ltd, Japan. Before that, he was part of the Acquisitions team of AIG Global Real Estate in Moscow, Russia and New City Corporation in Tokyo, Japan. Aziz, an Uzbek national, is fluent in English, Turkish, Russian, Uzbek, and Japanese. He earned his Bachelor Degree in Economics from Tashkent Institute of Finance, Tashkent, Uzbekistan and his MBA from Waseda Business School, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan.</p>

  • Hiroshi Chiba
    Director of Finance

    <p>Hiroshi is Red Planet Japan’s Director of Finance. He brings more than 30 years of experience in hospitality, with a strong background in finance. Previously, Hiroshi has worked for several notable international hotel groups such as Sheraton, Marriott, Westin, and IHG. Prior to joining Red Planet, he was the Area Director of Financial and Business Support for ANA Crowne Plaza, managing Crowne Plaza hotels in Kobe, Okayama, Hiroshima, Fukuoka, Toyama, Kanazawa, and Niigata. Hiroshi is a holder of a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Chemistry.</p>

management

Red Planet Philippines

  • Sahlee Zaldivia
    Country Head

    <p>Prior to joining the hotel industry with Red Planet Hotels, Sahlee had a successful career in the field of human resources, recruitment, and training, including managing large workforces in the security industry. Sahlee holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Mass Communications from St. Scholastica's College, Manila.</p>

  • Arlan Gamat
    Regional Director of Human Resources

    <p>Arlan has gained 20 years experience in human resources and administration management across various industries, including banking, advertising, construction, and retail. Prior to joining Red Planet Hotels, Arlan was Human Resources and Administration Manager for Building Services International, a Western Australia-based architect.</p>

  • Albert Subarba
    Regional Director of Accounting

    <p>In his career Albert has held managerial positions in the field of finance, accounting, audit, strategic planning, and administration at several Filipino and multi-national firms including Global Project, Avis, Central Country Estate, Bonifacio Transport, and Bonifacio Cable One Corp. He has a proven track record of accomplishment in setting up an automated back and front office systems, and his experience is underpinned by his Bachelor's degree in Accountancy obtained from the College of Commerce and Accountancy of University of San Agustin in Iloilo City. He did his CPA review at the CPA Review School of the Philippines and is currently enrolled in law degree programme.</p>

  • Edgar Alforja
    Regional Director of Finance

    <p>Edgar is a Certified Public Accountant with audit experience gained from SGV &amp; Co. He has extensive experience in accounting, external audit, and financial control. Previously, Edgar has held managerial posts in various industries including retail, publishing, telecommunications, real estate, engineering and construction, and procurement. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. </p>

  • Maria Rowena Esteban
    Regional Director of Sales & Marketing

    <p>Rowena brings more than 20 years of hotel expertise, having worked for Mandarin Oriental, Hyatt Regency Manila, Amorita Resort, and BE Resort. She is a Sales and Marketing professional with a specialisation in managing teams for corporate and leisure accounts. Rowena earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from College of St. Scholastica, Manila.&#160;</p>

management

Red Planet Thailand

  • Poonnapha Tritanachart
    Director of Operations Thailand

    <p>Poonnapha has started with Red Planet in 2014, as The Hotel Manager for Asoke, where she ran the operations of our first hotel in Bangkok, Thailand. Further, she was involved in the pre-opening of Red Planet Surawong Bangkok. </p> <p>Prior to joining Red Planet, Poonnapha has obtained over 10 years of experience as Operations Manager in a leading hospitality company in Thailand. She is also a holder of a Hospitality Management degree from Dusit Thani College</p>

  • Chokchai Nukooluaamrung
    Vice President - Construction

    <p>Chokchai is a registered Thai engineer, previously employed as a Vice President with international property developers and construction corporations including Major Development PLC, Pacific Star International, and Bovis Lend Lease. With more than 20 years experience, he is responsible for the development of all Thailand projects undertaken by Red Planet Hotels, ensuring hotels are delivered within budget and on time in line with high construction standards.</p>

  • Tankorn Somprasong
    Regional Director of Sales & Marketing

    <p>Tankorn has an impressive sales and marketing track record in the hotel industry having previously worked for international hotel companies. Prior to joining Red Planet Hotels, Tankorn was Director of Sales for G Hotels (Thailand, Myanmar, and Singapore).</p>

  • Thanabodee Kaewkasem
    Director of Human Resources Thailand

    <p>Thanabodee is a holder of an MBA degree from Cardiff University (UK) and a Master in Human Resources Management degree from Chulalongkorn University (Thailand). He has extensive operational experience with various international hospitality groups such as The Peninsula, Club Med, Raffles, and Banyan Tree. In 2010, he shifted his career from Operations to Human Resources. Prior to joining Red Planet Hotels, Thanabodee was part of the Accor Thailand HR team.</p>

  • Tanyalak Petsavat
    Accounting Manager

    <p>Tanyalak has more than 10 years experience in all aspects of accounting, financial reporting, and analysis. She has previously worked for Hotelbeds, Sharp Thai Co., and Thai Beverage Logistics Co. Prior to joining Red Planet Hotels, she was the Finance Manager of Netafim.</p>