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Millennium & Copthorne Hotels PLC (MLC.L)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Leng Beng Kwek

77 Non-Executive Chairman of the Board

Jennifer Fox

2018 Group Chief Executive Officer, Director

Kok-Kee Chong

2016 Group Chief Financial Officer

Tan Seng

2018 Chief of Staff

Jonathon Grech

2014 Company Secretary

Eik Sheng Kwek

2011 Non-Executive Director

Leng Peck Kwek

61 Non-Executive Director

Shaukat Aziz

2017 Senior Non-Executive Independent Director

Christian de Charnace

2017 Non-Executive Independent Director

Daniel Desbaillets

2016 Non-Executive Independent Director

Susan Farr

61 2013 Non-Executive Independent Director

Martin Leitch

2017 Non-Executive Independent Director

Gervase MacGregor

2014 Non-Executive Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Leng Beng Kwek

Mr. Kwek Leng Beng is Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Millennium & Copthorne Hotels Plc. He has been the Chairman of Millennium & Copthorne Hotels plc since its incorporation. He is the executive chairman of the Hong Leong Group of companies in Singapore including City Developments Limited, chairman and managing director of Hong Leong Finance Limited and City e-Solutions Limited and the chairman of Hong Leong Asia Limited. Mr. Kwek holds an honorary doctorate in Business Administration in Hospitality from Johnson & Wales University in the US and an honorary doctorate from Oxford Brookes University in the UK. He also serves as a member of the INSEAD East Asia Council. Kwek Leng Beng has distinguished himself in property investment and development, hotel ownership and management, financial services and industrial enterprises. He leads a business empire worth over US$32b in diversified premium assets worldwide and companies traded on six of the world’s stock markets. Mr. Kwek heads a worldwide staff of over 40,000 across a range of businesses in Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, Europe and North America.

Jennifer Fox

Ms. Jennifer Fox has been appointed as Group Chief Executive Officer, Director of the Company., with effect from 19 June 2018. Ms Fox has had an extensive career in the hospitality industry, with over 30 years of experience in Australia, Hong Kong, the UK and Europe, the United States, Canada and the Middle East region. She has held senior executive roles in operations, branding and marketing across mid-scale, upscale and luxury segments of the industry. Most recently she served as President of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, where she was responsible for the luxury brand's global hotel portfolio, encompassing over 100 properties, including the Raffles and Swissôtel brands outside of North America. Prior to joining Fairmont in 2011, Ms Fox held senior positions within InterContinental Hotels Group plc (IHG) over a period of ten years, including Chief Operating Officer for Europe and Senior Vice President overseeing global brand marketing for the InterContinental brand. She joined IHG from Starwood Hotels & Resorts, where she was the global brand manager for Sheraton after having spent over ten years in various operational roles with ITT Sheraton. Ms Fox has been an independent non-executive director of Village Roadshow Limited (ASX: VRL), an Australian mass media and entertainment company, since November 2015. She will continue that non-executive directorship. Ms Fox holds a Doctorate in Business Administration from the International School of Management in Paris and an MBA from Baylor University in Texas. She also has completed the marketing certificate program at the University of New South Wales in Sydney.

Kok-Kee Chong

Mr. Kok-Kee Chong is Group Chief Financial Officer of the Company. Chong has a wealth of experience having worked in international accounting firms and leading global financial institutions for 30 years. Since 2012, he held the positions of Chief Operating Officer at JP Morgan First Capital Securities and Chief Administration Officer at JP Morgan Chase Bank in Beijing. Prior to this he held several senior positions with UBS. He is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Accountancy (Honors) from the National University of Singapore. Mr Chong will be based in Singapore and will be responsible for key elements of financial management, including risk management, treasury, accounting, reporting, tax and investor relations activities, and he will be working closely with senior management on a number of strategic initiatives across the Group.

Tan Seng

Mr. Tan Kian Seng has been appointed as Chief of Staff of the Company. He is no longer Interim Group Chief Executive Officer of the Company., effect from 19 June 2018. Prior to working for the Group, Mr. Tan had over 30 years of senior executive experience in operations and managing finance, legal, investor relations, purchasing, business development, human resources, information technology and other functions. Most recently he served as advisor to the CEO and Chairman of Venture Corporation Limited ("Venture"), listed on the Singapore Exchange, a leading global provider of technology services, products and solutions that has over 12,000 employees and operations in markets worldwide. Mr. Tan joined Venture in 2001 and held increasingly senior roles in various jurisdictions, including Vice President of Operations in Malaysia until February 2006, Chief Financial Officer until February 2012 and Group President from 2011 until February 2016. Mr Tan helped to drive the growth of the business during his tenure and in 2015, Venture achieved sales of S$2.65 billion with annual profit of S$154 million. Before joining Venture, Mr. Tan was Finance Director and held other senior finance roles with LenovoEMC (formerly Iomega Corp.) and financial controller and accounting roles with various technology and toy manufacturers. He started his career as an accountant in the U.K. and audit manager in Malaysia with the audit firms currently known as Deloitte and PricewaterhouseCoopers respectively. Mr. Tan is an associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Jonathon Grech

Eik Sheng Kwek

Mr. Kwek Eik Sheng is Non-Executive Director of Millennium & Copthorne Hotels Plc. He has been with the Hong Leong Group since 2006, before joining City Developments Limited in 2009, where he is currently Head of Corporate Development.Mr George was a founding partner of KGR Capital, a leading Asian Fund of Funds Specialist that was sold to LGT in 2008. Other appointments include Chairman at euNetworks Limited and he also sits on the Board of GK Goh Holdings Limited; both companies are listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange He holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine and a MPhil in Finance from Judge Business School, Cambridge University.

Leng Peck Kwek

Mr. Kwek Leng Peck is Non-Executive Director of Millennium & Copthorne Hotels Plc. Kwek was appointed to the Board in February 1995, prior to the flotation of the Company on the London Stock Exchange. He holds directorships on most of the listed companies within the Hong Leong Group of companies in Singapore, including City Developments Limited, Hong Leong Finance Limited and China Yuchai International Limited. He also serves as an executive director for Hong Leong Asia Limited and is the non-executive chairman of Tasek Corporation Berhad.

Shaukat Aziz

Mr. Shaukat Aziz is Senior Non-Executive Independent Director of Millennium & Copthorne Hotels Plc. Mr. Shaukat Aziz was appointed to the Board in June 2009. He was elected as Prime Minister of Pakistan and served between 2004 and 2007, having previously held the post of Finance Minister for five years. After graduating from Gordon College, Rawalpindi in 1967, Mr Aziz earned masters of business administration degree from the Institute of Business Administration, University of Karachi. An internship at Citibank marked the beginning of a 30 year career in global finance. As an Executive Vice President, he held several senior management positions in Citibank, including head of institutional banking for Central Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa and later for Asia Pacific, followed by Chief Executive of Citibank’s global wealth management business. A renowned public speaker on economic and geopolitical affairs, Mr Aziz is a member of several boards of directors and the advisory boards of various commercial and non-profit entities around the world.

Christian de Charnace

Mr. Christian de Charnace is Non-Executive Independent Director of the Company. Mr. de Charnacé has over 40 years of global experience in merchant, corporate and institutional banking. Most recently he was CEO, Investment Banking Asia Pacific, for BNP Paribas based in Hong Kong. He has since 1980 led various divisions of the bank working in Singapore, Hong Kong, Seoul, Los Angeles, Taipei, Tokyo, Paris and London. He has been involved in numerous financing and advisory transactions for clients throughout Asia, the US and Europe, and has considerable experience in advising listed companies. He began his banking career at Bank of America, working in its Multinational Division.

Daniel Desbaillets

Mr. Daniel Marie Ghislain Desbaillets is Non-Executive Independent Director of the Company, effective 14 September 2016. Mr Desbaillets is currently an Independent Non-Executive Director of M&C REIT Management Limited, the manager for CDL Hospitality Real Estate Investment Trust ("H-REIT"), and also of M&C Business Trust Management Limited, the trustee-manager for CDL Hospitality Business Trust ("HBT"). Both H-REIT and HBT are comprised as a stapled group in CDL Hospitality Trusts ("CDLHT") which is listed on the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited. Mr Desbaillets is expected to resign from his present appointments on the H-REIT manager board and the HBT trustee-manager board with effect from 13 September 2016. Mr Desbaillets has extensive hospitality experience. He has been in the hospitality industry since 1973 holding senior positions with InterContinental Hotel Group, Hilton and Shangri-La. He was appointed to the boards of CDLHT as an Independent Non-Executive Director in July 2010.

Susan Farr

Ms. Susan Jane Farr is Non-Executive Independent Director of Millennium & Copthorne Hotels Plc. Susan Farr was appointed to the Board in December 2013. She has been a business director of Chime Communication Limited (formerly Chime Communication plc) since 2003, a position now held on a part time basis. She also serves as a nonexecutive director of British American Tobacco p.l.c., Dairy Crest plc and Accsys Technologies plc. A specialist in business development and marketing, Ms Farr previously held a number of senior management positions at Vauxhall Motors, the BBC and Thames Television. She is also the former chair of The Marketing Society and the Marketing Group of Great Britain.

Martin Leitch

Mr. Martin Leitch has been appointed as Non-Executive Independent Director of the Company, effective from May 22nd, 2017. Mr Leitch is an international finance executive with over 30 years' experience in both publicly quoted and private equity owned groups. He is a Chartered Accountant and has over the last five years provided finance, strategy, corporate finance and other services to a number of international businesses, including Volac International and Constantia Flexibles. Before that he was Chief Financial Officer at Innovia Films, Quest International and Antalis Group. He began his corporate career at Pepsi-Cola International in 1993, having worked for Price Waterhouse in both the UK and US between 1979 and 1993.

Gervase MacGregor

Mr. Gervase MacGregor is Non-Executive Independent Director of Millennium & Copthorne Hotels Plc. Gervase MacGregor was appointed to the Board in December 2014. He has been a partner of BDO LLP since 1991, where he is currently the head of international advisory, risk and quality services, specialising in forensic investigations and expert witness services. Prior to joining BDO LLP, Mr MacGregor worked as a petroleum geologist in the North Sea, Australia and West Africa. He has experience in the hospitality sector over the last 25 years, first as an auditor of international five star hotels and more recently with investigations and disputes in the sector. Gervase MacGregor is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a graduate of the University of Liverpool and he has a masters degree from HEC in Paris.