management

Corporate Team

  • Simon Gerovich
    Co-founder
    Chairman & Executive Director

    <p>Simon is Red Planet's Chairman and previously founded Evolution Capital PLC, listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand. He has spent his entire professional career in Asia and is a fluent Chinese and Japanese speaker. Simon was formerly an Equity Derivatives Trader at Goldman Sachs in Tokyo from 2000 to 2005 and graduated with a BA, cum laude, in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University in 2000.</p>

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

    <p>Prior to joining Red Planet, Tim was Senior Vice President Acquisitions of Kingdom Hotel Investments from 2002-2009. From 1999-2002, Tim was Senior Vice President, Corporate Development of Movenpick Hotels &amp; Resorts. Between 1996-1999, he was Director, Real Estate &amp; Hospitality Service Group, Middle East &amp; Africa of Arthur Andersen. From 1993-1996, he was a Senior Consultant at Pannell Kerr Forster Associates in London and prior to that held 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 has been directly involved with hotel operations and finance for nearly 20 years. Prior to joining Red Planet Hotels, Ken was Vice President Acquisitions and Development, Asia Pacific, for Kingdom Hotel Investments between 2006-2009. From 2004-2006, he was owner and founder of Kera Private Limited, a hospitality consulting business. From 2002-2004, he was Chief Financial Officier and Acting Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Elegant Hotels Group, owner and manager of seven Caribbean based luxury hotels. From 1992-2002, he held a number of positions at Bass Hotels &amp; Resorts (renamed Inter-Continental Hotel Group in 2003), with the latest position being Vice President Finance &amp; Business Development, Asia-Pacific, in Singapore. From 1986-1991, Ken was an Articled Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse Coopers in London and Hamburg and he graduated with a 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>Prior to founding Red Planet Hotels, Mark was Chief Investment Officer, CEO, and Vice-Chairman of Evolution Capital PLC, based in Bangkok. He was previously the co-founder and Finance Director of Kudu Co. Ltd., a Bangkok-based high-end residential developer from 2002-2007. From 2000-2001, Mark was Managing Director of Indosuez W.I. Carr Securities responsible for Thailand, Indonesia, and the Philippines. From 1996-1999, he was Senior Vice President Sales at Asset Plus Securities in Bangkok. From 1992-1996, Mark was Sales Manager 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 has more than 15 years international experience in hotel operations 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.</p>

  • Yoshi Ikurumi
    Group Chief Financial Officer

    <p>A native of Kyoto, Japan, Yoshi 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 began his career at an entrepreneurial incubator in 2006 where he pioneered business concepts combining online and offline media into social entertainment experiences. In 2007 he was responsible for steering 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.</p>

  • David Burnett
    Senior Vice President - Technical Services

    <p>David is a registered UK Architect and RICS certified Project Manager, with extensive professional experience and roles in the fields of design, project, development, and asset management. Previous employment includes positions as Senior Vice President and Development for Evolution Capital PLC, Vice President of Design and Development for Goldenland Property Development PLC, and Head of Development and Property Management for Pacific Star International (Thailand) Ltd. David holds separate Masters Degrees in Architecture, Business Administration, and Real Estate from the respective UK universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow, and the College of Estate Management in Reading.</p>

  • Pascal Bartholome
    Senior Vice President - Human Resources

    <p>Pascal 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 management positions in HR in France, the Caribbean, Thailand, and Singapore. Pascal has amassed a wealth of international experience whilst successfully leading the HR functions in various territories with leading hotel players such as the Accor Group before joining Red Planet Hotels.</p>

  • Henry Samuel
    Vice President - Revenue Management

    <p>Henry brings more than 30 years of 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>Prior to joining Red Planet Hotels, Patinee was in-house counsel and corporate secretary for Evolution Capital PLC, listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand. Prior to that, she was 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 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 has a long experience within Hospitality industry with an extensive background and strong expertise in Digital Marketing. After starting her career in France, Aline moved in 2008 to Thailand where she joined AccorHotels group. During 9 years, she held several management positions related to online marketing. She contributed to the Digital transformation of the group. Prior to joining Red Planet Hotels, Aline was Regional Director of Digital Marketing for AccorHotels, leading the online strategy across 6 countries (Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Philippines, Myanmar). Aline is passionate about Digital and strongly involved into startup communities.<br /></p>

  • Pattama Joednapa
    Group Financial Controller

    <p>Prior to joining Red Planet Hotels, Pattama was Chief Financial Officer for Evolution Capital PLC, listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand. She has extensive experiences in all strategic and tactical matters in relation to finance and accounting including international taxation and legal entity structure. Prior to that, she worked at Ernst &amp; Young ACS and graduated with a MSF from Chulalongkorn University and BBA from Srinakharinwirot University.</p>

  • James Hawrylak
    Group Investor Relations Director

    <p>James, Investor Relations Director of the Red Planet Group, brings over 15 years of experience in Investor Relations and Corporate Governance from leading the 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 University of Hawaii and an MBA from Thunderbird.</p>

  • Pinnuwat Chaikoonpol
    Vice President - Financial Planning

    <p>Pinnuwat has extensive experience in real estate investment projects across Asia. He has worked with Macquarie Global Property Advisors' Singapore office where he ran financial models for South-East Asian investments and co-ordinated due diligence. He is a Licensed Architect and a Principal Certified Valuer.</p>

  • Hemangi Bhandari
    Vice President - Acquisitions

    <p>Hemangi joined Red Planet Hotels in 2017 and has been a core member of the company'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, 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>Jitai is responsible for leading the strategic management of our hotel development and construction in Japan and North Asia. Jitai has more than 10 years experience in planning, design and construction administration, with a background in property development, construction and project management. Prior to joining Red Planet Japan, Jitai was an Asia Pacific project manager with the Regus Group.</p>

  • Sander Cohen
    Director of Legal

    <p>Sander has been managing legal and compliance work in Japan for 20 years, and has also worked in Germany and Canada. 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 has successful track record in various senior operational management positions with local and international hotel operators including Accor, Regent, Shangri-La, Far East Hospitality and Solare Hotels &amp; Resorts in Japan, China and Singapore. Fluent in Japanese, Chinese and English, Mika graduated with a master degree in Finance and also holds a diploma in hotel management. Prior to joining Red Planet Japan, Mika was the Area General Manager of Far East Hospitality Management in Singapore. </p>

  • Hiroshi Chiba
    Director of Finance

    <p>Hiroshi has more than 30 years' experience in the Hospitality industry, with a strong background in Finance. He has previously worked for several notable international hotel groups such as the Sheraton, the Marriott, Westin, and IHG. </p> <p>Prior to joining Red Planet, Hiroshi 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. Further, he is a holder of a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Chemistry. <br /></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>