Global Executive Team
Simon Wan – President & Director
Simon Wan is the President and Director of StayWell Holdings, a wholly owned subsidiary of Prince Hotels & Resorts, the largest Hotel owner and operator in Japan. Prince is owned by Seibu Holdings, a well-respected Japanese conglomerate listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange with a Gross Asset value of US$15 billion.
Prince Hotels & Resorts and StayWell’s combined brand oﬀerings range from luxury to lifestyle though to midscale with each brand highlighted by quality guest experiences. Brands operated by Prince Hotels and Resorts include The Prince, Grand Prince Hotel, Prince Hotel and Prince Smart Inn, while brands operated by StayWell include The Prince Akatoki, Policy, Park Regis, Leisure Inn Plus and Leisure Inn.
Prince Hotels operate a combined network of 49 hotels, 31 golf courses and 9 ski resorts. StayWell has an existing network of 25 open and operating hotels and a further 16 hotels that are committed and opening over the next few years. In addition, StayWell has a number of strategic partners being Manhatton Hotel Group in China (19 hotels) and Cristal Group in the Middle East (15 hotels).
With over 35 years of experience working for leading international hospitality groups including Holiday Inn, Hyatt and Accor around the world, Simon is spearheading Prince and StayWell overseas hotel developments and operations.
Prior to StayWell, Simon was the CEO and Managing Director of THL – an ASX listed hotel company with 530 hotels worldwide. Prior roles include the Managing Director of the Park Plaza Hotel Group for Asia Pacific and Accor’s CEO for North Asia, based in Beijing, overseeing a hotel portfolio of 68 hotels in the region.
Yoshiki Kaneda – Senior Vice President & Director
Yoshiki Kaneda is the Senior Vice President and Director of StayWell Holdings Pty Ltd. (formerly StayWell Hospitality Group), one of the largest hotel management groups in Asia Pacific
Offering a robust background in hotel administration and hospitality management over 30 years in a number of management positions at both property and corporate level, Yoshiki has a strong understanding of the inner workings of multi-national hotel brands, having worked across various international markets’ including Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and North America.
Yoshiki was previously Executive Corporate Officer and Regional General Manager of Tokyo Metropolitan Area of Prince Hotel. He also served as General Manager, Business Strategy Department at the corporate office of Prince Hotels Inc.
Prior to joining Prince Hotels, Inc. in 2010, Yoshiki has been with Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts for 25 years and held senior positions including Corporate Director of Finance at Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts Headquarter in Singapore and Vice President and Director of Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts North America, where he was responsible for overall finance, operation and development of the portfolio of Pan Pacific brand in USA and Canada.
Yoshiki holds a Master of Management in Hospitality from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.
Prince Hotels, Inc. acquired StayWell Holdings Pty Ltd (formerly StayWell Hospitality Group) in October 2017. Together, Prince Hotels, Inc. and StayWell Holdings offer a diverse portfolio of properties across a combined network of 75 open and operating hotels worldwide.
As part of the transition, Yoshiki joined the Board of Directors for StayWell Holdings Pty Ltd as Senior Vice President, where he continues to help guide, Prince Hotels, Inc. and StayWell Holdings’ to achieve both companies’ strategic goal; to deliver 250 hotels in the medium to long term.
The expansion of both company brands will take place across the regions of Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia, Asia, Japan, Taiwan, Oceania, the Middle East, Europe and the United States.
Andrew Jessop – Chief Operating Officer
With a hospitality career that spans more than 30 years and multiple countries, Andrew’s experience is world-class. Working for some of the biggest names in the industry, the development, marketing, and operational initiatives of complex multi-brand hospitality enterprises. Time spent at esteemed brands as Langham Hospitality Group, and Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Andrew’s various roles have taken him to Thailand, China, Hong Kong, and around Australia.
A passionate customer service advocate, Andrew commenced his hospitality journey in customer facing roles that included Concierge, Front Office Manager, and Hotel Manager, which provided invaluable insight into the coal face of hotel management. Progressing to executive positions that have included Development and Operations roles, Andrew’s extensive leadership experience and understanding of international hotel management covers every facet of the industry.
As Chief Operating Officer for StayWell Holdings, Andrew is charged with management of Global Human Resources and Global Operations, in conjunction with President Simon Wan. He currently oversees a varied network of properties across the globe, and is instrumental in the Group’s bold growth plan to manage 100 hotels globally.
Richard Doyle – Group General Counsel
Richard Doyle is the Group General Counsel of the StayWell charged with ensuring that one of the largest hotel management groups in Asia Pacific runs smoother than a well-oiled machine.
Richard is tasked with overseeing all of StayWell’s legal requirements as well as managing the company’s asset management functions and overseeing the group’s Australian and New Zealand development activities.
Commencing his position in 2006, Richard has helped grow the company’s initial small Australian-based portfolio into a flourishing international network of over 35 hotels. Richard’s achievements have included acting as the leading legal advisor in securing successful developments and acquisitions of the group’s portfolio across the globe including Indonesia, United Arab Emirates, India, Singapore, United Kingdom and Australia.
Prior to his role as Group General Counsel at StayWell, Richard was a partner of Baker and McKenzie’s Sydney office for five years as well as holding senior roles with other leading law firms. Richard brings extensive hotel management and travel industry experience to the business.
Steve Zhu – Global Director of Finance
A qualified CPA with 20 years of rich and cross cultural experience in the areas of strategic financial control, financial analysis, working capital management, accounting and budgeting, Steve Zhu has been leading and managing StayWell finance operations since joining the company in 2007.
Set out to support and enhance strategic business growth, Steve complements the Senior Directors with his hands on, inspirational and proactive approach. A dedicated team player with an eye for detail, Steve’s strengths include; professional integrity, confidentiality, change management and managing multiple properties in his role of Head of Finance.
Steve has worked for numerous hotel groups including Marriott International, Raffles International, Swiss Garden International, Pacific International, Tourism, Hotels and Leisure Ltd., Marriott and Swissotel in where he held senior roles and successfully led and coached his team for optimum performance within the highly functional finance department.
Fiona Godfrey – Global Director of Revenue Generation
Fiona Godfrey is a hugely experienced sales and marketing executive who has helped build the success of some of the world’s largest and most renowned hotel companies for more than 25 years.
Fiona directs the revenue generation function across a network of over 75 properties with locations across Australia, India, Indonesia, and United Arab Emirates. In addition to the already robust property portfolio, hotels currently under development in the United Kingdom, Africa and China will form part of Godfrey’s scope. Fiona oversees the execution of sales, marketing, revenue optimisation and distribution strategies in all markets.
Fiona has broad-ranging experience in the Asia Pacific market, spearheading the strategic direction for countless hotels across the globe. The vast industry knowledge and insights gained over the years have seen Fiona take on the role of Global Director of Revenue Generation for StayWell Holdings.
Fiona’s stellar experience includes roles as the former Vice President of Global Sales Asia Pacific for Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, Area Director of Sales & Marketing for InterContinental Hotel Group and Group General Manager of Sales and Marketing Asia Pacific at Tourism, Hotels and Leisure Ltd.
Michael V. Lobos – Global Director of Human Resources, Training & Compliance
Michael V. Lobos has worked in the hospitality industry for over 10 years, progressing through the ranks of management and holding numerous positions throughout various properties. From Duty Manager, General Manager and Regional General Manager he progressed into more senior positions within the Corporate environment. Michael’s on ground experience within hotels and with employees has fully prepared him with the knowledge and expertise for developing strategic HR projects and HR operations for the StayWell Group.
Michael currently holds the position of Global Director of Human Resources, Training & Compliance in which he oversees all the hotels staff training, pre-opening projects, leadership advancement, employee recruitment and development programs to keep staff motivated and inspired.
This in-depth expertise and comprehensive understanding of the hospitality industry gives Michael key strengths of motivating and coaching staff, managing remuneration and benefits and staff development.
His unique leadership style is mentored to his employees and Michael prides himself on having one of the lowest turnover rates of staff within the hospitality industry.
Michael’s aim is to foster staff longevity and career enhancement within the company.
Christina Low – Global Project and Technical Manager
Christina joined StayWell in 2015. Christina’s key role as a Global Project & Technical Manager is to oversee the Technical Services activities for StayWell Australia and Global properties.
Charged with the development of StayWell global design standards and specifications, management of the sequence of new hotel design and construction process and ensuring StayWell properties are constructed to the brand standard is the fundamental focus for Christina’s role. Collaboration with hotel owners, consultants, architects, contractors and suppliers to manage the hotels design and construction from inception to completion in Australia and support from the regional teams on the Global projects such as new build, rebranding and refurbishment of existing properties. Also covering the Supply of FF&E, OE, OS and introducing cost effective procurement solution for hotel owners.
She joined StayWell after spending 2 years designing kitchen and bathroom for home owners and architects. Prior to this, she was with Toyota Australia Motor Corporation for 5 years working in the Strategic Planning Department managing the annual vehicle procurement approval process between Head Office in Japan and Australia. At this time Christina also acquired the Toyota Way principles and “Kaizen” continuous improvement approach.
Christina also worked for the NSW Department of Public Works for 8 years as a Business Development Executive obtaining feedback from Project Directors at each project milestone on the delivery of capital work projects for the NSW government and councils. Whist in Malaysia, Christina managed and trained F&B staff prior to the opening of a resort in Langkawi and also a restaurant operations manager in Kuala Lumpur.
Christina holds a Masters of Business Administration, diploma in Marketing Management and also certificate in Project and Stakeholder management.
Leon Gu – Global Director of Information Technology
Leon Gu, who holds the position of Global Director of Information Technology, is tasked with the challenging and ever changing industry that is information technology. Ensuring StayWell has the latest software and advancements in the digital tech space, Leon heads up all aspects of the IT function for the group’s network of hotels and is responsible for ensuring the sophistication, health and efficiency of the Group’s IT infrastructure and systems.
Leon joined the group in 2008 to lead and drive the IT function, bringing with him over 12 years’ experience within the IT industry. Completing a Master’s Degree of Information Systems from the University of New South Wales, Leon is fully equipped to lead the company’s IT department.
His major achievements within the group include IT projects consisting of significant mergers and acquisitions of 8 Australian hotels, as well as the pre-opening and global IT delivery for Park Regis Singapore and Park Regis Kris Kin, Dubai.
Leon’s strengths can be seen in his IT strategy and execution of StayWell IT standards, his organisational design and restructuring of IT teams internationally, as well as managing new product and technology launch such as Cloud, Mobile, VOIP and IPTV.
Jose Ventura – Regional Executive Director of Business Development, Middle East, Africa & Europe
Jose joined StayWell in 2004. In his role Jose spearheads the development in the company’s newest emerging markets of the Middle East, Africa and Europe, primarily responsible for driving management contracts, joint ventures and rental agreements.
Over the next five years, Jose’s key objective is to have StayWell represented in all key business and leisure destinations within the three regions and has forecast growth within that time to include up to 30 new properties.
Jose joins an established full-service team who are charged with driving growth in the region across development, finance, sales and marketing.
Having spent more than a decade shaping the success of leading hospitality and real estate companies including Pam Golding Property Group, Hyatt Hotels and Resorts and Marriott, Mr Ventura’s vast experience has more than equipped him in working to drive the robust growth and development of the group.
Jose previously held the role of Vice President Business Development (Asia, Pacific, Middle East and Africa) for the Preferred Hotel Group, which includes more than 650 independent hotels and resorts in more than 85 countries.
A global citizen in its truest form, Jose has lived and worked in major cities across the globe including Cape Town, Dubai, London, Marbella, Doha, The Hague and Paris.
Rohit Vig – Regional Managing Director, India
Rohit has been the Managing Director of India since inception and serves on the Board of Directors. He started his career working for Eastman Kodak at their Head Office in the United States as an Internal Controls Auditor in charge of Sarbanes Oxley implementation. He then moved to India in 2006 and started Terra Firma India as one of the managing and founding partners.
Rohit has a strong background in hotel operations and has worked for large number of hotel groups including Starwood, Hilton, Accor, Taj, ITC and Choice Hotels providing services for operator searches, feasibility studies, debt planning and restructuring.
An alumnus of The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor & Rochester Institute of Technology, NY, he completed his Undergrad in Finance & Management. He built his first internationally branded and operated hotel in India in 2007, at this time he also started a real estate development company that specialises in development of luxury housing in the Delhi/NCR.
Rohit also has vested interests in a specialised lifestyle management company, recruitment agency and e-commerce portals. His expertise covers business development, real estate, finance, hospitality and private equity.
Rohit plays an important role by heading up the Indian Operations. He is responsible for the group achieving its rapid growth and his expertise lies in development and structuring management contracts. Since commencing with the group, he has set-up the Indian regional office and works closely with Hotel Owners, Investors and Developers along with all the hotel General Managers directly reporting to him.
Troy Newton – Group Asset Manager Australia
An accomplished Asset Management Executive with more than 15 years’ experience, Troy Newton and has successfully managed a portfolio of up to 350 buildings at a time and joined StayWell in 2008 as Group Asset Manager.
Troy has broad-ranging experience in the Australian property market, particularly in the strata managed sector (being formerly a QLD based strata manager for 8 years) and spearheads the management of StayWell’s Australian hotel property portfolio as well as consulting on StayWell’s International property matters on an adhoc basis.
Prior to joining StayWell, Troy was held several mid-management roles such as Assistant Manager, Administration Services Supervisor, and Insurance Services Supervisor at Barard Management, a specialist body corporate management services provider in Australia. Prior to that, Troy was a Finance Administrator and Proper Authority Holder at Account Holdings Pty Ltd and Protax Pty Ltd, a leading specialist administrator of Managed Accounts and a securities dealer.
Troy has developed extensive policies, procedures and systems to manage the StayWell property portfolio, substantially increased its number of rooms in strata hotels and has refurbished many of the properties to assist in the repositioning of them – in addition to overseeing the execution of the asset management functions.