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This list showcases the top Hong Kong based CEO’ operating in the Travel space. If you think a CEO’ is missing from this list, feel free to contact our editor on [email protected]
The individuals on this list have been included because of exceptional performance in one of the following categories:
- Innovation – Operating as a key part in an extremely innovative business or startup.
- Growth – Operating as a key figure in the growth and upscale of a market leading business or startup.
- Management – Showing exceptional management skills.
- Societal impact – Putting their business on the map for their positive societal or environmental impact.
Our Data – We source our data from OSINT (open source intelligence) and public directories such as Crunchbase, SemRush and many more. The data from these sources should be treated with a degree of caution and verified yourself.
CEO of Cathay Pacific Airways
Rupert Hogg became Chief Executive Officer of Cathay Pacific on 1 May 2017. He is also Chairman of Hong Kong Dragon Airlines Limited and AHK Air Hong Kong Limited and a Director of John Swire & Sons (HK) Limited and Air China Cargo Company Limited. He was appointed Director Sales & Marketing in August 2010 and Chief Operating Officer in March 2014. Mr Hogg joined the Swire group in 1986 and has worked with the group in Hong Kong, Southeast Asia, Australia and the United Kingdom.
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About Cathay Pacific Airways: Cathay Pacific Airways is an international airline that flies to over 190 destinations around the world.
CEO & Co-Founder of KLOOK
Ethan Lin is the co-founder and chief executive officer of Klook.
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About KLOOK: Klook is a travel and leisure booking platform designed to connect travelers with experiences and attractions.
Co-Founder & CEO of FREED GROUP LIMITED
Abel is a co-founders and CEO of freeD Group Limited (aka. TravelFlan), an Award-winning AI Digital Solutions company, utilizing proprietary Travel and Lifestyle – specific B2B2C strategies and solutions to work with Fortune 500 companies like the largest telecom company in China, the largest smartphone provider in the world, OTA, airline and hotel to create incremental revenue and improve customer engagement. Abel has over 16 years of experience in Travel IT and Consulting industries in strategic planning, turn-around management and Sales & Marketing. Previously he was the regional head with the largest Travel IT giants – Travelport and Amadeus responsible for commercial and strategic initiatives and local market expansion strategy. He also spent 5 years working with Air Canada in the Global Sales and Strategy division in Toronto and 2 years with Hyatt Corporation in Chicago. Abel holds Dual – Masters degrees from Columbia University and London Business School, and undergrad in Hospitality Management from Centre International de Glion Switzerland.
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About FREED GROUP LIMITED, The ELYA Foundation: Freed Gorup utilizes Artificial Technology (AI), Big Data,and Machine Learning technologies to provide end-2-end digital solutions.
Chief Executive Officer of reward-U
Steven has 20+ years of airline, loyalty and advisory experience with particular emphasis on Low Coast Carriers (LCC’s). Having worked across the world with start-ups, turnarounds and established leading airlines, Steven is adept at building “something from nothing.” With a range of C-Level and Board roles undertaken, Steven’s areas of expertise range from sales and distribution to planning and revenue management, ancillary revenue, E/M-Commerce, Loyalty and Commercial Strategy. More recently Steven was a founding member and Head of Commercial for Scoot, Singapore Airlines’ successful long-haul LCC and is now CEO of reward-U, the pioneering LCC loyalty/everyday program of Hong Kong Express, and Board Director of Zuji, one of Asia’s leading Online Travel Agencies (OTA’s). Steven has a Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Political Science.
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About reward-U: reward-U has been transforming the loyalty landscape by understanding the needs of value-seeking travellers today.
CEO of Geoswift
Founder and CEO of Geoswift Limited, a payment technology company providing customized one-stop cross-border payment solutions between China and the rest of the world. Under his leadership, Geoswift provides cross-border collection & settlement, remittances, foreign currency exchange, and e-Wallet solutions to and from China. With 20+ years of management experience, Raymond has built Geoswift from humble beginnings to a leading provider of cross-border payment solutions by forming strategic partnerships, driving state-of-the-art technology development, and recruiting key executives from McKinsey, Citibank, MasterCard, PayPal, Visa, PricewaterhouseCoopers, HSBC, China Mingsheng Bank, Travelex, China UnionPay, Global Collection, Electronic Arts and other major financial institutions globally. Prior to founding Geoswift, Raymond held management positions at leading Chinese banks. Driven by an entrepreneurial spirit, Raymond invested in business opportunities united by a vision to make international payments more efficient. This passion and expertise led him to be an integral part of the original team in 1998 that would become Geoswift, which he formally founded in 2010. Ultimately, Raymond envisions transforming the world into one that people pay without paper notes. Raymond is currently an appointed senior adviser to Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), and a senior adviser of the Finance Research Institute of the State Council Development Research Center of China and member of Forbes Finance Council. He holds an MBA degree from the Saunders School of Business at the University of British Columbia, Canada, with a concentration on studies of digital currency. Media Speaking Engagements: Money20/20 Asia 2018 – Unlocking Borderless Payments into and out of China: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUiM_u_d84M Interview with CNBC Squawk Box: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQPiRsr1IME Exclusive interview on Worldwide Business with Kathy Ireland® https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTOgTo744nY
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About Geoswift: Geoswift is an innovative globalized payment technology company connecting each region, with a niche in China cross-border payments.
CEO of Asia Miles
Stephen S.Y. Wong has been Chief Executive Officer of Asia Miles Limited since July 2011. He is responsible for managing Asia’s leading travel and lifestyle rewards programme which has a portfolio of over 8 million members and more than 700 business partners worldwide. Driving the loyalty marketing strategy of worldwide members, charting the eCommerce and digital technology development, formulating partnership strategy to create business synergy as well as determining database marketing strategy to enhance membership and revenue development – all come under Stephen’s remit. Inspired by Design Thinking – a collaborative and customer-focused problem-solving methodology – Stephen takes special interest in a stakeholder-centric approach that uses the convergence of innovation, customer insights and technology to drive the company business. Stephen joined Cathay Pacific Airways in 1998 and has been with the airline group in a various management positions in Hong Kong, USA, Singapore, Japan and Vietnam. Prior to taking up his current role, Stephen was Vice President Sales, Americas. A Sloan Fellow of the Stanford Graduate School of Business with an MSc in Management and a certificate in Public Management and Social Innovation, Stephen also holds a BA in Marketing from Michigan State University. He serves as an appointed member of the Entrepreneurship Committee Advisory Group (ECAG) of the Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Ltd., responsible for administrating the vetting and admission of Cyberport Creative Micro Fund and Cyberport Incubation Programme. Like many people, Stephen loves football, but he goes a step further than most: not only does he play himself but he is actually a certified football coach under the Asian Football Confederation and enjoys sharing his knowledge and skills with young athletes.
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About Asia Miles: Asia’s leading travel and lifestyle rewards programme.
Co-founder & CEO of Neoma
Data evangelist, Francois heads up Neoma, a guest-centric tech company which offers seamless and personalised experiences for the 21st century guests. Neoma has worked with 30+ groups across the globe like Peninsula, Hongkong Land, Wheelock and Swire Properties. From hospitality to travel, lifestyle to wellness, Neoma helps businesses leverage the power of location-based data in real-time, delivering better customer experiences and more efficient operations. By applying AI technology with leading-edge, Neoma brings a new dimension to customer engagement and property management. Prior to Neoma, Francois worked at the French Chamber of Commerce in HK, the private equity firm Siparex and strategy consulting company Smartfact Partners. He holds a Master degree in Entrepreneurship from French business school Grenoble Graduate School of Business.
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About Neoma: Experts in applying AI technology with leading-edge
CEO of Portier Technologies
Co-founder of Portier Technologies, former e-commerce entrepreneur, University of Leeds graduate
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About Portier Technologies: Portier actions the world’s richest traveler data via an eco-system that’s built around Portier Phones placed in hotel rooms.
Founder, CEO of Dash Living
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About Dash Living, DASH Serviced Suites: Dash Living offers rental services and solutions for urban professionals with co-living spaces, serviced apartments, and hotel rooms.
Co-Founder and CEO of Stay One Degree
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About Stay One Degree: Stay One Degree is a social network for luxury holiday home rentals.
CEO of Telkie
Ophellia is a natural leader who brings people together. A creative change maker/ Entrepreneur with passion, global visions, exposures and network. Motivated to do challenging startups from scratch and create a company culture that all staff love to work at.
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About Soup-a, Telkie, Unspoken.: Built with artificial intelligence, Telkie answers to servicing, bookings and requests made by travelers with an automation workflow.
CEO of Aimviva
Brad spent 17 years in Life Insurance including a spell as interim CEO at MetLife HK towards the end of his insurance experience he spent 4 years building out the AIA Vitality Program across Asia Pacific.
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About Aimviva: Aimviva is a travel service provider.
Co-Founder and CEO of pebblar
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About pebblar: pebblar is a map-based itinerary planner.
CEO & Founder of Pacific Prime
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About Pacific Prime: International Health Insurance Brokers
CEO of Asia Jet
Mike Walsh, originally from London, UK and has resided in Hong Kong since 2007. Mike has 21 years of Aerospace experience, 10 years in the Asian market, which includes the past 4 years in a non-profit Business Aviation trade association called AsBAA in Asia. Which also has involved certain consulting and research roles by fellow members. He recently successfully sold his company to HNA Group and continue to work within the wider Group specifically within the General & Business Aviation sector. Previously, Mike was GM & Executive Director of Air Charter Service (HK) Ltd and opened the office for them in Hong Kong in 2007. He also served as a Director on various subsidiary boards within the UK parent organisation Air Charter Service Plc, spanning some 10 years within the Group. He has served his time in several markets such as Europe, the USA, Russia CIS and the Middle East before coming to Asia. Some of his career highlights are: -Asian Business Aviation Market research report for ST Aerospace in Singapore & Lufthansa Technic in Hamburg -Commentator for BBC/Channel News Asia/CNBC/Bloomberg/SCMP/FT/RHTK Radio/China Daily on Business Aviation market outlook -Operated from Subang Airport for UNHAS & DFID humanitarian relief effort for the Asian Tsumani in 2004. -Procuring my first Airbus A319CJ aircraft for Melco Resorts & Entertainment in 2012 – Successfully selling Asia Jet to Hongkong Jet a HNA Group Company in 2016 -Creator of the annual Asian “’Icons of Aviation” Awards event in Business Aviation -Helped raise over USD100K for Orbis Charity Flying Eye Hospital (MD-10 aircraft) refurbishment He has also been instrumental in turning the AsBAA – Asian Business Aviation Association a non-profit company around into a worthy and trusted advocator for our industry across Asia. His aviation career began at Aer Lingus in 1995, the national carrier of Ireland working at Heathrow and Dublin Airports. Mike is also currently a Non- Executive Director of Jet Edge International a US Part 135 operator as well as an active board member of AsBAA – Asian Business Aviation Association, AMCHAM, BRITCHAM and CRAFT Club in Hong Kong and is married with two children.
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About Asia Jet: Asia Jet are dedicated to making flying, safer, more convenient and hassle-free for Their private jet clients.
President & CEO of hi Inc
Peter Lee is the President & CEO at Hi Inc.
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About hi Inc: hi Inc is a travel and lifestyle business providing services to hotels, travelers, destination marketing organizations and tourism boards.
CEO of Anymex
CEO at Anymex
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About Anymex: Anymex is a social currency exchange platform that provides travelers an alternative way to get rid of the expensive commission fees.
Giovanni Alessi Anghini
Founder & CEO of Nowboat
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About Alessi, Nowboat: Nowboat is the first all-in-one seafaring adventure platform.
Founder and CEO of Tourgether
Founder Of Tourgether
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About Tourgether: Tourgether is a global travel dating and social networking app for travelers to find a travel buddy
Founder and CEO of Artrvl
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About Artrvl: Artrvl is Artist in residence for art lovers. Home for emerging artists and art hosts to exchange creations with travel.
CEO and Founder of Blueflower
For the last 20 years, He have been travelling professionally, venturing to many extreme cultural and physical environments to scout for life-enhancing encounters.
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About Blueflower: Blue Flower is a reinvent travel with meaningful global experiences that allow travelers to connect with the pure essence of a destination.
Kay Kyeongsik Woo
CEO & Founder of Easiway
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About Easiway: Easiway is a transportation reservation services.
CEO of Lantrn
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About Lantrn: Lantrn is a secure suitcases to make traveling the world with essentials seamless and secure, so everyone can always have the perfect trip.
CEO of Palapal – Travel with amazing people
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About Palapal – Travel with amazing people: Palapal finds you the trusted and like-minded travel companions.