Rosewood Hotels & Resorts has brought together a highly experienced team of talented hospitality professionals to lead its development.
Chief Executive Officer
Sonia Cheng leads a team of seasoned industry professionals to spearhead the regional and international expansion of Rosewood Hotel Group. Ms. Cheng is also executive director of New World Development Company Limited and New World China Land which comprise one of the largest conglomerates in Hong Kong.
Before joining Rosewood Hotel Group, Ms. Cheng worked with a major international investment bank and a global American private equity firm, specialising in real estate investments. She is a chairman of the advisory committees of the School of Hotel and Tourism Management at The Chinese University of Hong Kong and the School of Hotel & Tourism Management Industry at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She is a member of the Y. Elites Association, the Young Presidents’ Organisation, the Hong Kong United Youth Association and the Eleventh Guizhou Municipal Committee of The Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference. Ms. Cheng holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Applied Mathematics with a concentration in Economics from Harvard University.
Chief Operating Officer
Symon Bridle joined Rosewood Hotels & Resorts after 18 years with Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts where he held senior corporate management positions in development and operations divisions, including COO. He also held several general manager posts at leading Shangri-La hotels. Mr. Bridle previously worked with Southern Sun Hotels and Westin Hotels in South Africa and in luxury hotels in Switzerland and Bermuda. He began his hotel industry career in 1980.
Senior Vice President - Design and Project Services
John Shamon leads the design and project services team in operation planning, design management and engineering development of all hotel renovations and future projects. He has more than 34 years experience in technical services, including a post as Group Director of Technical Services for Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, where he supervised the planning, interior design, project management and engineering functions for all new and existing Mandarin Oriental hotels worldwide. Mr. Shamon was also 20 years at Hyatt, including a position as Vice President, Technical Services for the Asia-Pacific region.
Group Vice President - Finance
Francis Ling has more than 25 years’ experience in accounting and financial management, with a focus in international luxury hotel groups. Mr. Ling’s most recent position was Vice President of Finance for Marco Polo Hotels Management Ltd. Previously, Mr. Ling held various executive positions at Hyatt Group, culminating as Director of Corporate Finance for Hyatt International - Asia Pacific, Ltd.
Group Vice President Guest Experience and Wellness
Niamh O’Connell is group vice president of guest experience and wellness and leads the strategic global development of spa, wellness and recreation operations for the group’s existing hotels and new projects. A native of Ireland, Ms. O’Connell has more than 22 years’ spa industry experience with hotel groups and independent spa brands. Prior to joining Rosewood Hotel Group, Ms. O’Connell held various senior positions in Hyatt International Hotels & Resorts including vice president of spa. Previously she was vice president of operations in Asia Pacific for ESPA International.
Ooi Lay Peng
Group Vice President - Human Resources Development
Ooi Lay Peng has extensive experience creating human resource structures for new businesses. Prior to joining Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, she headed human resources operations for MGM Grand Paradise Limited in Macau. At Intel, Ms. Ooi was responsible for a division covering 20,000 employees in Costa Rica, Philippines, Malaysia and Shanghai and helped build One China HR that supported all Intel businesses in China. She also spent 10 years with Hyatt International, culminating as Director of Human Resources – North Asia.
Group Vice President - Food & Beverage
Ivan Suardi has more than 22 years’ experience in the food and beverage industry, conceptualising new restaurants and supporting the technical and culinary aspects of luxury hotel food and beverage projects. Before joining Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, Mr. Suardi was the Director of Food and Beverage projects in Asia Pacific for Hyatt International. He was with Hyatt Hotels for more than 16 years in Hong Kong, Taipei, Manila, Almaty, Jakarta and Dubai.
Group Vice President – Information Technology
Rajagopal Gampa is responsible for managing an integrated IT team supporting Rosewood Hotel Group’s three distinct brands and leading the group’s global technology development and operations to support an aggressive expansion plan. A 19-year hotel technology veteran, Mr. Gampa has held a variety of roles spearheading and rolling out hotel systems during his career. Prior to joining Rosewood, Mr. Gampa was with Shangri-la Hotels and Resorts for 12 years. Mr. Gampa graduated with an undergraduate degree in engineering from Andhra University in India and completed his M.B.A. at the University of Hong Kong.
Vice President – Development, Asia Pacific and China
Katerina Giannouka leads the Asia Pacific development teams in the regional expansion of the group’s three brands. She has 14 years’ experience in hotel development, asset management, feasibility, advisory and operations management. Previously, in her role as senior director, development and acquisitions with Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, she was responsible for development for Starwood’s nine hotel brands and executing the company’s growth strategy in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
May Pendraat Kredner
Vice President - Sales and Marketing
May Pendraat Kredner oversees strategic sales and marketing, with a focus on sales operations, revenue management, distribution, e-commerce and loyalty marketing. She also supports individual operating hotels and ensures the successful marketing of opening hotels. Mrs. Kredner has more than 25 years sales and marketing experience in the Asia Pacific hospitality industry. Most recently, she was vice president of sales and marketing at Marco Polo Hotels for two years following a three-year position as area director of marketing at Marco Polo Hong Kong Hotel. Previously, Mrs. Kredner was with Hyatt Hotels and Resorts for more than 20 years.
Vice President - Engineering
Eddie Lam has more than 20 years experience in hotel engineering operation and technical services. He was previously Vice President of Technical Services, Asia Pacific for Le Meridien Hotels and Resorts. He has worked on many new-build hotel projects in Hong Kong, China and Southeast Asia as a technical services consultant and successfully completed more than 20 reputable hotel projects including Le Meridien Cyberport, Hong Kong and Le Royal Meridien Shanghai.
Vice President – Development, China
Sunny Li sources management agreements and investment and joint venture opportunities, with a focus on expansion in China, to achieve the group's aggressive growth targets. Mr. Li has over 30 years' experience in the Hong Kong, mainland China and regional hospitality industry covering development, operations, and sales and marketing at both corporate and property levels. Most recently, he was vice president of development, Greater China at Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts in Shanghai for three years following a four-year position as director of development, Greater China at Wyndham Hotel Group in Hong Kong.
Vice President – Design and Project Services
As vice president of design and project services, Trish Luyckx has over two decades’ experience in hotel operations and technical services, and product design, with previous projects under her supervision spanning the Americas, Caribbean, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Prior to joining Rosewood Hotel Group, Ms. Luyckx held various positions with the Hyatt Hotels Corporation and Hyatt International for more than 19 years including vice president of product and brand design and vice president of operational planning.