Mr Miguel KO
Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, CLA Real Estate Holdings
Miguel Ko is currently the Executive Director and CEO of CLA Real Estate Holdings Pte Ltd (formerly known as Ascendas-Singbridge Pte Ltd). Previously, Mr Ko was Chairman and President of Starwood Asia Pacific Hotels & Resorts. Prior to his appointment with Starwood, Mr Ko was Deputy Chairman and CEO of CDL Hotels International.
Between 1992 to 1999, Mr Ko was President of Pepsi-Cola International, Asia Pacific, responsible for executing the soft drink giant's entry efforts into the emerging markets of China, Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam.
Mr Ko is widely recognized for his knowledge and insight into business and culture in Asia Pacific, particularly in the travel, leisure and property development sectors. He was voted as Regional Hotel Chief of the Year 2007 and again in 2008 by the readers of Travel Weekly. He was the winner of the Visionary Leader of the Year in 2007, recipient of the 2007 Global Awards at the World Travel Mart in London and honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012 at the China Hotel Investment Conference in Shanghai.
A native of Hong Kong and a naturalized Singapore citizen, Mr Ko holds a B.A. in economics from the University of Massachusetts and a Master of Business Administration from Suffolk University. He is also a non-practicing Certified Public Accountant (CPA) by the State Board of Accountancy in New Hampshire in the U.S.
Mr Ko is currently the Chairman of Ascendas Hospitality Fund Management Pte Ltd and Ascendas Hospitality Trust Management Pte Ltd. He is also the Deputy Chairman of Ascendas Funds Management (S) Ltd. Mr Ko's other previous board directorships included Changi Airport Group, Samsonite International S.A, Merlin Entertainment PLC, Delta Topco Limited (Formula One), Surbana International Consultants Pte Ltd, Royal Orchid Hotel (Thailand) Public Company Ltd, Civil Aviation Authority Singapore, CDL Hotels Ltd/City e-Solutions Hong Kong, Millenium & Copthorne Plc, Amarin Plaza Company Ltd and Serm Suk (Pepsi-Cola) Bottler Ltd.