World-renowned hospitality

Executive Team

Made up of some of the hospitality industry’s most experienced and accomplished individuals, Dusit International’s Executive Team have developed a unique portfolio of distinctive international hotels and resorts, building upon the Thai tradition of gracious hospitality. 

“In all we do, we are devoted to the same principle of creating an uplifting experience for our guests, no matter what their journey may be.”
- Mr Chanin Donavanik, Dusit International Managing Director and CEO

Mr Chanin Donavanik

Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer

Mr Chanin Donavanik continues the company’s heritage as Thailand’s leading international hotel group founded by his mother, Thanpuying Chanut Piyaoui.

Today, under his leadership and with Thanpuying’s vision in place, Dusit International has evolved into an internationally respected hotel company, establishing new locations within Southeast Asia, China, the Maldives, India and further afield in the Middle East and North America.

Mr Donavanik holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Boston University, USA. He is a past President of the Thai Hotels Association, a position he held for four consecutive terms. He is also a past president of the ASEAN Hotel and Restaurant Association (AHRA).

Mr David Shackleton

Chief Operating Officer

Mr David Shackleton is Dusit International's Chief Operating Officer, responsible for driving the company's growth, capabilities and profit performance.

Mr Shackleton brings with him three decades of experience in the hospitality industry. He started his hotel management career in London before moving to Canada with Westin Hotels & Resorts. Mr Shackleton subsequently worked in senior management and vice president roles with Starwood Hotels and Resorts in America, Singapore, South Africa, Korea, Thailand and Australia. Mr Shackleton left Starwood in 2005 as Senior Vice President. His most recent position was Vice President of Operations - East China for the InterContinental Hotel Group, based in Shanghai.

Mr Chamnarnsil Chamnarnkit

Senior Vice President – Finance

Mr Chamnarnsil Chamnarnkit is Dusit International’s Senior Vice President of Finance, reporting directly to the CEO. He is responsible for all financial and legal functions of the Dusit Group and its subsidiary companies, as well as investor relations.

Prior to joining Dust International in 2012, he held senior positions in the financial services sector at companies including  Interlife John Hancock Assurance Plc. and Wattanakarn Co., Ltd.

Mr Charmnarnkit holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Tarleton State University in Texas, USA and a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Kasetsart University in Bangkok, Thailand.

Mr Tan Eng Leong

Senior Vice President – Human Resources and Quality Assurance

With over 30 years of experience in human resource management, Mr Tan provides leadership and strategic direction aimed at increasing the overall productivity and effectiveness of the organisation.

Mr Tan has held senior leadership roles at various companies, including the head of human resources for PricewaterhouseCoopers, Singapore. In 2003 he joined Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts as the Group Director of Human Resources, assisting with the planning and implementation of the company’s human resources strategy.

Ms Wipawadee Sirimongkolkasem

Managing Director – Devarana Spa

Ms Wipawadee Sirimongkolkasem was promoted to the position of Managing Director of Devarana Spa Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of Dusit Thani Public Co., Ltd. in 2002. She is responsible for the performance of all Devarana Spas including new spas under development.

Ms Sirimongkolkasem is a graduate from the University of Southern California in Public Administration and holds an Executive MBA from SASIN Graduate Institute of Business Administration - a collaboration between Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and Thailand’s Chulalongkorn University.

Mr Thierry Douin

Regional Vice President – Middle East and Africa

Mr Douin joined Dusit International in 2013 in the role of Regional Vice President – MEA. He oversees the company’s expansion efforts, drives the operational performance of all properties in MEA and supervises the opening of new hotels from his base in the company’s Dubai Regional Office.

A passionate and experienced hotelier, Mr Douin has been in the industry for more than 35 years. He has managed luxury hotels in various parts of the world, including Hong Kong, Bangkok, Singapore, Dubai, Jakarta and Caracas for various groups, including InterContinental Hotels and Resorts and most recently, Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts.

Mr Douin is a graduate of the Hotel and Catering School in Granville, France and is a Certified Hotel Administrator and Certified Food and Beverage Executive with the American Hotel and Motel Association. Over the course of his career, he has attended various executive programs such as the Luxury Brand Management Program at ESSEC Business School, the Asian International Executive Program at INSEAD Business School and the General Manager’s Program at the School of Hotel Administration, Cornell University.

Mr Rustom Vickers

Group Director - Development

Mr Rustom Vickers joined Dusit International to lead the corporate hotel development team in Bangkok. He has a diverse background in hotel operations, management consultancy and development.

Before joining Dusit, Mr Vickers was Head of Development at Emaar Hospitality Group, a luxury real estate operator of brands such as The Address Hotels + Resorts and Armani Hotels & Resorts. He possesses consultancy experience from his time with TRI Hospitality Consulting in Dubai and on-the-ground experience of the global hospitality sector from working at properties in Hong Kong, Thailand, France, the USA, French West Indies, Australia and the UK. He has worked at both independent hotels and international chains, including Four Seasons, Hyatt, and InterContinental.

Mr Detlef Skrobanek

Group Director of Technical Service

Mr Skrobanek provides technical services to all of Dusit International’s new development projects, including strategic sourcing, negotiating and defining technical service agreements, developing concepts, setting design standards and budgeting for hotels under development.

He has over 30 years of international experience in management and development of hotels, resorts and luxury residential development projects throughout Canada, the Middle East and Asia for Four Seasons, Hilton International, Kempinski, Rhombus Holdings, PT Royal Oak Development Asia Tbk and Rockwell Land Philippines.

Mr Giovanni Angelini

Vice Chairman

Mr Giovanni Angelini joined Dusit International in early 2011 as Vice Chairman.

A veteran hotelier with nearly five decades in the industry, Mr Angelini has extensive experience garnered across three continents: Europe, North America and Asia.

A well-respected professional and recipient of many hospitality industry awards, his career includes 14 years with Westin Hotels & Resorts and 19 years with Shangri-la Hotels & Resorts, of which he spent close to 10 years as its Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director. Under his leadership, Shangri-la International expanded from 13 to 68 deluxe properties worldwide and became a leading Asian hotel brand.

Mr Khampi Suwanarat

Managing Director – Education

Mr Khampi Suwanarat is a 30-year veteran of Dusit International and was appointed Chief Operating Officer in 1997.

Currently, Mr Suwanarat is the Managing Director of the company’s Education Division. The major business units under his supervision include Dusit Thani College, Le Cordon Bleu Dusit Culinary School and the Education Division.

He is also a member of the Dusit International Management Committee and is on the Board of Directors of various Dusit Thani subsidiary companies.

Ms Surang Jirattigalachote

Deputy Managing Director, Property Development

Ms Surang Jirattigalachote is responsible for the company’s newest business unit, the Property Development Division. She oversees the development of the Group’s existing real estate holdings, as well as new development opportunities in Thailand.

Prior to joining Dusit, she was a Business Development Consultant for the Thai Obayashi Corporation. She also served as Vice President of Development and Construction for companies such as Central Retail Corporation Co., Ltd., Bangkok; Minor International PCL., Bangkok and as Chief Operations Officer of Phuket Square Co., Ltd., Bangkok.

Ms Jirattigalachote holds a Master in Business Administration degree in Real Estate Management from Chulalongkorn University, a Master of Computer Science degree from Montclair State University, in New Jersey, USA and a Bachelor of Arts degree in German from Chiang Mai University.

Mr Jiri Kobos

Vice President - Operations

Mr Jiri Kobos was promoted to the position of Vice President – Operations for Dusit International in 2011.

He is responsible for developing and evolving the operations of all properties in Dusit's global portfolio, including properties under development. Prior to this position, Mr Kobos held the position of Managing Director and General Manager of the 440-room Dusit Thani Lakeview Cairo.

A thirty year industry veteran, Mr Kobos has held senior management positions throughout Africa, Europe and Asia, including ten years with Hyatt Hotels Corporation.

Ms Catherine McNabb

Vice President - Sales & Marketing

Ms McNabb joined Dusit International in 2011 and is responsible for all sales and marketing operations for the Group. She brings to her role over 20 years of tourism and hospitality experience throughout Canada and Asia Pacific, including positions with Tourism Toronto, the Hong Kong Tourism Board, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, and the Singapore Tourism Board.

During her five-year tenure with the Singapore government, she was instrumental in the development of numerous iconic business events including: the co-creation of ITB Asia (in conjunction with Messe Berlin), the Wildlife Asia Film Festival and Champions of the Earth/Business 4 the Environment (alongside the United Nations’ Environment Programme). She was also seconded to the Ministry of Community, Youth and Sports to spearhead the commercial development of the inaugural Youth Olympic Games held in Singapore in 2010.

Ms McNabb holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the National University of Singapore and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brock University, Canada. She has also partially completed a Doctorate degree in Business Administration.

Ms Srisombat Wangchin

Assistant Vice President – Information Technology (IT)

Ms Srisombat Wangchin is responsible for supporting Dusit International’s business development, operational and risk management activities through implementing efficient IT infrastructure and application systems.

Her key responsibilities include defining the IT strategy for the group, developing the necessary applications to support the business’ operational needs, and leading the IT team. Prior to joining Dusit International in 2001, she held the position of Senior Consultant with Oracle System (Thailand) Co., Ltd.

Mr Joseph Polito

Group Director - Food and Beverage

Mr Joseph Polito is Dusit International’s Group Director of Food and Beverage, responsible for the operations of the group’s Food and Beverage division globally.

His professional career began with Aman Resorts in Food & Beverage Management from 1992 to 1996. He then joined Oberoi Hotels and Resorts. In Thailand, Joseph worked for Karma Resorts and Alila Hotels and Resorts and later founded and managed his own company, the Beacon Lifestyle Management Group. Prior to his current appointment, he was the Vice President of Restaurants, Bars and Events for the Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts Group.

Mr Silvano Trombetta

Corporate Director of Rooms

Mr Trombetta brings more than twenty years of management experience to his role as Group Director of Rooms, where he is responsible for the hotels’ rooms operations globally.

His career includes six years as Front Office Manager at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Bangkok and two years in a similar role at the Conrad Hotel Bangkok. There, in 2004, he was promoted to Director of Rooms where he remained until joining Dusit International in 2012.

Raised and educated in Bangkok, Mr Trombetta holds a Bachelor degree in Business Administration from Assumption University of Thailand.