Made up of some of the hospitality industry’s most experienced and dynamic individuals, Dusit Hotels and Resort’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, Vice Chairman & Chairman of the Executive Committee, Dusit International
Mr Chanin Donavanik Vice Chairman & Chairman of the Executive Committee, Dusit International
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 was formerly President of the Thai Hotels Association, a position he held for four consecutive terms. He is also a former President of the ASEAN Hotel and Restaurant Association (AHRA).
Ms Suphajee Suthumpun Group Chief Executive Officer
Ms Suthumpun is focused on strengthening Dusit International’s foundations for growth, building on the company’s founding vision to promote Thai hospitality to the world.
A distinguished professional, Ms Suthumpun has joined Dusit after a successful tenure as Chief Executive Officer at Thaicom, Plc. Prior to this post, she worked at IBM for over 20 years, with her last role being General Manager of IBM ASEAN’s Global Technology Services Division. With the number of Dusit Hotels and Resorts in operation expected to reach 70 within the next four years, Ms Suthumpun has set a long-term vision focusing on human capital development, technological advancement and strategic management to sustain this growth.
Ms Suthumpun holds an MBA in International Finance and Accounting from Northrop University in California, USA, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology and Anthropology from Thammasat University, Thailand.
Mr Giovanni Angelini Vice Chairman
With nearly five decades in the hospitality industry, Mr Angelini has extensive experience garnered across 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 Lim Boon Kwee Chief Operating Officer
Mr Lim joined Dusit International in March 2013 as President of Dusit Fudu Hotel Management Company Ltd., Dusit’s joint venture company based in Shanghai, China. In Februrary 2016, his position was integrated with that of the Chief Operating Officer of Dusit International for better alignment between the two companies.
Prior to joining Dusit, Mr Lim was the Senior Vice President of Millennium and Copthorne for Asia. He has over 30 years of management experience working for companies such as Westin Hotels & Resorts, Intercontinental Hotels, Sedona Hotels International, Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts and New World Hotels & Resorts.
Mr Lim holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Denver, Colorado, USA in Hotel and Restaurant Management, as well as a Master of Business Administration from the Nanyang Business School of the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
Mr Akamon Prasoppolsujarit Chief Financial Officer for Special Projects
Mr Prasoppolsujarit has over 26 years of experience working in finance and brings with him extensive knowledge of multi-billion baht businesses operating in the retail, technology, cleaning, security, and catering sectors.
Prior to joining Dusit he was the Finance Director of Southeast Asia for Property Care Services (Thailand) Limited, where he worked for eight years. During his career he has also worked as Finance Director of The Pizza Company, The Minor Food Group PCL; and as AVP of Finance and Planning at Hutchinson CAT Wireless Multimedia Company Limited.
Mr Prasoppolsujarit holds a Master’s Degree in Financial Accounting from Chulalongkorn University, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Accounting from Thammasat University.
Dr Niramol Jindanuwat Chief People Officer
Dr Niramol brings with her extensive experience working in HR for IBM Thailand, where she has been employed for the past 14 years, starting her career with the company as a Managing Consultant before progressing to Country HR Manager & HR Business Partner.
A recipient of the prestigious Ananda Mahidol Scholarship, funded by His Royal Highness King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Dr Niramol received both her Ph.D in Business Management, Cognitive Studies, and Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Management degree from the University of California, Irvine, USA. She also holds a Master of Science in Accounting degree and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Thammasat University, Thailand, where she graduated with first-class honours.
Ms La-ead Kovavisaruch Chief Investment Officer
Ms Kovavisaruch is a seasoned investment executive with over 20 years of experience in the IT and Telecommunications industry. Prior to joining Dusit International, she was Vice President of New Business Development at Intouch Holding Company, where she was mainly responsible for exploring new business opportunities, seeking potential partners and turning selected businesses into part of the group. She also worked for IBM for 10 years in various positions including Senior Managing Consultant, Project Executive, and Executive Assistant to Head of Outsourcing Business.
Ms Kovavisaruch holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Chulalongkorn University and holds two Master’s degrees – Industrial Engineering & Management from AIT, and Business Administration from SASIN. Ms Kovavisaruch is also fluent in English and Chinese (Mandarin).
Mr Thierry Douin Senior Vice President – Hotel Operations
Mr Douin has over 35 years of experience in the hotel industry and has managed luxury hotels in many parts of the world, including in Hong Kong, Bangkok, Singapore, Dubai, Jakarta and Caracas for groups such as InterContinental Hotels and Resorts and Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts. He joined Dusit International in March 2013 as Regional Vice President, Middle East & Africa and was promoted to Vice President – Operations in February 2015. He took on his current role in August 2016.
Mr Tan Eng Leong Senior Vice President – Total Quality Management
With over 40 years of experience in human resource management, Mr Tan provides leadership and strategic direction aimed at improving our ability to deliver high quality products and services to our customers.
Mr Tan has held senior leadership roles at various international companies, including the head of human resources for PricewaterhouseCoopers, Singapore. Prior to joining Dusit, he served as Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts’ Group Director of Human Resources, assisting with the planning and implementation of the company’s human resources strategy.
Mr Tan holds a Master’s of Science degree in Human Resource Development from South Bank University, London, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, Statistics, History, and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree in History, both obtained at the National University of Singapore.
Mr Michael Leong
Vice President Marketing
Mr Leong is responsible for Branding, Digital Marketing, Reservations, Partnerships, Advertising, and Dusit’s guest loyalty programme, Dusit Gold. Prior to joining Dusit International in 2015, he was the Vice President of Digital Marketing of Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts.
Ms Prachoom Tantiprasertsuk Vice President Sales
Ms Tantiprasertsuk joined Dusit International in early 2015 as general manager of Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket. She was promoted in February 2017 to her current position, where she oversees MICE, Online Travel Agents, Global Sales Offices, Hotel Sales, and Revenue Management. She studied Hotel Management at London City College and counts hotel companies such as Peninsula Hotels, Four Seasons Hotels, InterContinental Hotels Group, and Anantara among her former employers.
Mr Rustom Vickers Vice President, Development
Mr Rustom Vickers is head of Dusit International’s Global Hotel Development team and is responsible for driving the company’s international expansion.
Before joining Dusit in 2011, Mr Vickers was Head of Development at Emaar Hospitality Group, a luxury real estate operator that owns brands such as The Address Hotels + Resorts and Armani Hotels & Resorts. He also has done management consultancy work in the Middle East and gained on-the-ground operational experience from working at properties in Australia, France, French West Indies, Hong Kong, Thailand, UK and the US; at both independent hotels and international chains, including Four Seasons, Hyatt, and IHG.
Mr Vickers holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Cass Business School, London.
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