The founder of Banyan Tree Group, Mr Ho is responsible for leading the Board in charting the strategic direction and growth of the Group. He also oversees the Management Team’s execution of strategies set by the Board and accountability for the Group’s performance. Mr Ho has been a Director since 5 July 2000. He was designated Executive Chairman on 1 March 2004 and was last re-elected on 24 April 2019. He is also a member of the Nominating Committee.
Mr Ho is also Chairman of Laguna Resorts & Hotels Public Company Limited, Thai Wah Public Company Limited, the Board of Trustees of Singapore Management University and The Singapore Summit.
He was the Economics Editor of the Far Eastern Economic Review in Hong Kong before joining the Thai Wah family business and subsequently starting his own companies.
Among the various awards Mr Ho has received are the London Business School Entrepreneurship Award, Singapore Corporate Awards CEO of the Year, CNBC Travel Business Leader Award and the National University of Singapore Distinguished Alumnus Award. He has also been honoured with Lifetime Achievement Awards from the American Creativity Association, China Hotel Investment Summit and Australia Hotel Investment Summit.
For his contributions to the hotel industry in the Asia Pacific region and globally, Mr Ho is the only two-time award recipient in the 30-year history of Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP), winning the Innovation Award in 2003 and the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019.
For his services to the country, the Singapore government awarded him the Meritorious Service Medal and the Distinguished Service Order.
Mr Ho holds a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) from the University of Singapore and has been conferred Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration in Hospitality Management by Johnson & Wales University and an Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.