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Michael Ong joins Pan Pacific Hotels Group as Vice President, Growth & Development

Published Date: 12 March 2015

An accomplished executive with over 20 years of managerial and business development experience, Michael will drive the expansion of the Group’s portfolio across Asia Pacific.

Singapore, 12 March 2015 – Pan Pacific Hotels Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Ong as Vice President, Growth & Development. Based at the global headquarters in Singapore, Michael will be responsible for growing the Group’s pipeline of projects through third-party management contract strategy across the Asia-Pacific region.

Maria KormentzaA Singapore national who is effectively bilingual in English and Mandarin, Michael brings on board more than 20 years of diverse management and business development experience with reputed hospitality, investment and banking companies. Specifically to the hotel industry, he has in-depth experience in developing strategies, deal sourcing, negotiations and closing of transactions for numerous projects in Asia.

Notably, Michael spent close to a decade with Fairmont Raffles Hotels International where he progressed through the ranks to eventually become Vice President, Development. In this role, he formulated and drove the company’s expansion strategy for the China region, successfully securing hotel management contracts in prominent Chinese cities such as Shanghai, Beijing, Tianjin and Sanya.

Prior to joining Pan Pacific Hotels Group, Michael was Senior Director, Development, Asia Pacific with Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group where he was instrumental in strengthening the Group’s presence in Asia with project signings in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Thailand and the Philippines.

Michael’s professional skills and knowledge is complemented by academic qualifications from highly accredited institutions. He holds a Bachelor of Science (Estate Management) degree from National University of Singapore and an MBA from Nanyang Business School at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

“The appointment of Michael to a leadership position within our Growth & Development team is a boost to the Group’s expansion strategy. We look forward to harnessing his extensive industry contacts, astute business sense and proven track record in deal-making to bring our “Pan Pacific” and PARKROYAL brands to many more gateway destinations across Asia Pacific,” says Neo Soon Hup, Chief Financial Officer and Head of Business Development, Pan Pacific Hotels Group.

Headquartered in Singapore, Pan Pacific Hotels Group currently owns and/or manages over 30 “Pan Pacific” and PARKROYAL hotels, resorts and serviced suites in Asia, Oceania and North America. The Group’s pipeline now comprises two “Pan Pacific” and three PARKROYAL properties which are scheduled to open in Myanmar, Australia, Malaysia, Indonesia and United Kingdom over the next five years.



About Pan Pacific Hotels Group
Pan Pacific Hotels Group is a wholly-owned hotel subsidiary of Singapore-listed UOL Group Limited, one of Asia’s most established hotel and property companies with an outstanding portfolio of investment and development properties. Based in Singapore, Pan Pacific Hotels Group owns and/or manages over 30 hotels, resorts and serviced suites with more than 11,000 rooms including those under development in Asia, Oceania, North America and Europe. The Group comprises two acclaimed brands: “Pan Pacific” and PARKROYAL. “Pan Pacific” is a leading brand in Asia and the Pacific Rim with hotels offering premium accommodations and services. PARKROYAL is a collection of comfortable leisure and business hotels and resorts located in the heart of cities and interesting locales across Asia Pacific. For more information, visit

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