However, as the eldest son, he felt it was his duty to take over the reins of his family business. Minfong would go on to become a noted writer. And we had finished two bottles of sake each (We double checked — the bottles were small). Gan See Khem Gan See Khem is the executive chairman and managing director of Health Management International; and managing … At this point, he goes into naggy-uncle mode, reiterating what would be the first of two lessons he has for young people: "All the people that you know — whether it's your parents, your grandparents, your uncles, your aunties, your teachers, you really don't know when is the last time you might see them. Without much research, they simply bought the land – without realising how polluted it actually was. The views expressed in this podcast can be attributed to the named participant(s) only. Since 2018, she has also been the vice president of Brand HQ, the unit responsible for brand development, alignment and strategy. He is also the founding and current Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Singapore Management University and Chairman of The Singapore Summit. He was designated Executive Chairman on 1 March 2004 and was last re-elected on 24 April 2019. Ho Kwon Ping's foray into the business world came several years later when he decided to join the family business after his father suffered a stroke. May 2, 2020, 5:00 am SGT; More. And for some odd reason, we talked about death. In the conclusion of his biography, Ho wrote that he looks forward to the final one-third of his life "with excitement, though tempered by wisdom and adversities". This is a vehicle of purpose.”, And they intend to hold fast to that foundational core of idealism for the action-packed journey ahead. Ho Kwon Ping: Early life. In his diaries, Ho was moved to discover that his father had kept every aerogramme (a lightweight, self-sealing letter card. Ho Kwon Ping (Chinese: 何光平; born 24 August 1952) is a Singaporean businessman. Like Ho, his dad led a rich and eclectic life — he was a businessman, and refused to accept a salary when he was appointed Singapore's Ambassador to several countries such as Thailand, Belgium and Germany. And as both of them enjoyed drinking, they often drank together too. Nathan had sadly slipped into a coma before being able to send it out. He joined the family business in 1981. As the late Lee Kuan Yew … He has been a Director since 5 July 2000. The power couple behind Banyan Tree Holdings have started preparing for succession planning. SMU founding chairman Ho Kwon Ping will be awarded the Distinguished Service Order.  Ambassador to several countries such as Thailand, Belgium and Germany. Source: Institute of Policy Studies Facebook. Our chat overruns, and Ho excuses himself, heads off to Chiang's birthday lunch and leaves us to see ourselves out. Over thirty years ago, back in 1984, Singaporean couple Ho Kwon Ping (65) and Claire Chiang (66) chanced upon a vast expanse of coastal land in Phuket, Thailand, that used to be a tin mine. “And our guests also realise that they are part and parcel of this whole sustainability enterprise.” Since its inception in 2009, this foundation has disbursed close to US$8 million. Ho Kwon Ping Since then, the company has continued to stay ahead of the curve in this area. She died at the age of 88, seven years ago. This prompts another joke, this time from her father: “You’re becoming the boss, and we’re becoming the retirees. "And unfortunately... he had his first stroke when I was still in Hong Kong, and I had already by that time written to him before he had his stroke that I was thinking of leaving to come home to the family business. Mr Ho was born into a wealthy family. It also operates integrated resorts by subsidiary Laguna Resorts & Hotels. SINGAPORE -- Despite a slowdown in China, political turmoil in Thailand, and tough times in the Asian hospitality industry, Ho Kwon Ping's eyes gleam when he talks about new hotel locations. Because she remembered that my father did not have a good way of going... On the Monday after that, my mother had a massive aneurysm. Brands that drive emotional responses will be the ones that last. “We had to get scientists and other domain experts involved, to understand the topography and soil condition,” Chiang remembers. Founder, K11 Group. Ho's father would eventually slip into a coma following a massive stroke in 1993, and eventually died age 81 almost six years later, in 1998. The new properties will add to the group’s current total of 47 hotels and resorts, 64 spas, 76 retail galleries and three golf courses in 23 countries. “I came to realise that what Asia lacked was brands,” he explains. Copyright © 2020 Mothership. Just as the influence of Ho Kwon Ping sparked our approach to this editorial, so too will the experienced leaders of the previous generation embolden the Millennial vision of this one. Ho Kwon Ping's foray into the business world came several years later when he decided to join the family business after his father suffered a stroke. Jeanette Tan He opined that the pandemic is throwing up digital winners and losers, and intensifying US-China rivalry that will force regions like Asean to rethink their economic strategies. Ho Kwon Ping, referred to as "K.P. After a year in Taiwan, he left for Stanford University in the United States. If you’ve ever wanted to shoot your shot at being an influencer, now’s your chance. This prompts another joke, this time from her father: “You’re becoming the boss, and we’re becoming the retirees. We don't always live up to it... You never know.". A world that looks to transcend bottom-lines will be one of collaboration, mentorship, and the optimism of the Millennial generation. IPS-Nathan Lectures Singapore: The Next Fifty Years - Lecture III: Security and Sustainability by Ho Kwon Ping. Chiang grew up in a two-room flat in the Little India district with her parents and five elder brothers. “Every little thing you do helps to build up a strong company culture.” For this year’s 25th anniversary festivities, for instance, staff got a chance to shine in a group-wide talent contest, whose finals were held in June at Banyan Tree Mayakoba in Mexico. “We are a brand known for well-being and sustainability. 5 February 2015 3 If we are to change young Singaporean women’s views about female conscription – For someone now running a large multinational company, Ho Kwon Ping's early career is perhaps surprising. They soon found out that the land was sold cheap for a reason—it had been polluted by tin mining, and that the cobalt colour was caused by acidic chemicals. Photo courtesy of Banyan Tree Holdings. ? Our dream was really to write, study, and talk about development issues—social development and economic development. So blasé he was about it, though, that he decided against holding a fancy book launch or having it played up with too much fanfare — although a series of recent talks and interviews he has done have propelled him (more precisely, his views) back into the public eye. Ho cites the unprecedented tourism boom fuelled by the burgeoning middle-class in the non-Western world. “For various reasons, we’ve reduced our burn rate, we’ve negotiated bank loans. All rights reserved. For one, the founder of Banyan Tree Holdings, Ho Kwon Ping, is a Singaporean national who was once a prisoner. CEO, New World Development. 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