SINGAPORE, 7 November 2018: As GHM readies for the opening of a new resort on the Arabian peninsula and plans expansion in Asia, the hotel group has named Tommy Lai as its CEO.
The Singapore national will assume some responsibilities currently managed by GHM co-founder and president Hans Jenni, but the primary motivation for Lai’s appointment is to spearhead development opportunities and to drive GHM’s overall growth ambitions.
“We’re on the verge of some significant new developments, which we’ll be announcing in the coming months,” said Jenni.
“Tommy’s appointment is both timely and strategic. His experience and knowledge, especially with regard to the North Asia markets and our widening ambitions across the region, align nicely with our plans.”
Lai comes to GHM after six years with the Thailand-based Onyx Hospitality Group, where he helmed their North Asia operation from Hong Kong.
Commenting on his appointment Lai said: “By building on its foundation and strengths, I believe GHM will be able to capture the attention of a market that seeks luxury and style, while staying true to its Asian roots and design strength.”
The 26-year old group has hotels in Asia, Europe and the Middle East.
The Middle East is an upcoming area of growth with the opening of Al Bait Sharjah and announcements on other projects are in the pipeline.
The company’s interests in China are deepening with the development and introduction of hotels under a new flag – Ahn Luh Resorts and Residences.
Having opened three new properties in Shanghai, Hangzhou and Shaoxing, the group is planning a debut in Jiangsu next year and two more properties in Hubei and Guangdong in 2021.
GHM’s involvement in Tin Hotels is yet another platform for the group’s development pipeline.