ONYX Key People
ONYX is driven by a team of dedicated management professionals with decades of international industry experience. The heart and soul of the company, the leaders of the ONYX family are inspired by a true passion for hospitality backed by the strength of global experience.
- Peter Henley – President & CEO
Mr. Henley has extensive experience in the fields of asset management, business development, and operations. His international acumen spans the world, from London to Australia, where he has held various senior management positions. Mr. Henley brings more than 28 years of knowledge in the real estate and hospitality industries to the executive team of ONYX.Read more
Previously, Mr. Henley was a Vice President of Morgan Stanley Properties UK Limited based in London, where he was responsible for the asset management of hotel interests in Europe. Mr. Henley has held key leadership positions for Raffles Hotels and Resorts, based in Singapore, and Holiday Inn Worldwide, where he was responsible for all aspects of the group’s operations in Australia.Mr. Henley’s experience and passion for the hospitality industry is the foundation of ONYX’s aspirations.
- Duncan Webb – Executive Vice-President, Chief Brand & Communications Officer
Mr. Webb has made significant contributions to ONYX Hospitality Group, including the development of new markets in Russia, China, India, and the Middle East. He was also vital in successfully opening 11 Amari properties in highly competitive and new destinations across Thailand.Read more
Mr. Webb has held a number of senior positions within the company, including Vice President of Sales & Marketing and Director of Sales. During the course of his 20 years at ONYX, Mr. Webb has been a key figure in the establishment of new departments, including e-commerce, the press office and advertising studio, and the spa division.In his current role, Mr. Webb is responsible for marketing, public relations and brand management and tasked with leading a corporate rebranding exercise and communication of new brands to both the trade and consumer markets.
- Thaveerut Charupatanapong – Executive Vice-President, Chief Financial Officer
Ms. Charupatanapong has a wide breadth of experience in financial management, investment, and development. Her career encompasses more than 26 years of international experience in the United States and Asia. Ms. Charupatanapong, a highly accomplished, results driven professional, brings a skill set aimed towards increasing portfolio value in development, real estate, and F&B retails.Read more
Before joining ONYX, Ms. Charupatanapong held key leadership positions with Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Minor International, and McDonald’s Thailand, where she was Director of Finance & Business Development, responsible for overall operations of finance, IT, legal, business development and construction.
Ms. Charupatanapong’s unique background in finance and proactive approach to asset management is the driving force behind the expansion of ONYX.
- Nigel Harris – Executive Vice-President, Chief Projects & Product Development Officer
Mr. Harris, a trained architect, brings to his role over 25 years of senior management experience in hotel, commercial and consultancy companies throughout the Asia-Pacific region. His experience in the hospitality industry within the region is extensive, and includes senior regional roles with Shangri La Hotels and Holiday Inn Worldwide.Read more
Prior to joining ONYX Hospitality Group, Mr. Harris was the Vice President of Technical Services for Hilton International for the South Asia region, where he was responsible for establishing an independent technical and design support function for owners and the development team in the roll out of multi-brand hotels throughout India.
Mr. Harris is an integral part of ONYX Hospitality Group’s expansion plans with a focus on the profiling of new brands and supporting project and development activities.
- M.L. Suravut Thongthaem – Senior Vice-President of Sales
M.L. Suravut has played an integral role in spearheading the sales initiatives both domestically and internationally for ONYX Hospitality Group. His career began in 1987 as Business Development Manager and over the past 23 years he has positioned ONYX as one of the leading domestic hotel management companies in Thailand.Read more
With close to 100 people in his Thailand based sales team and a network of global sales representatives, M.L. Suravut’s key responsibilities include driving the sales strategies across all international markets as well as streamlining key sales policies.M.L. Suravut aims to enlarge ONYX’s customer base, with a vision to expand recognition globally by continuing to work closely with his well-established industry partners.
- Debrah Pascoe – Senior Vice-President Sales & Marketing
Ms. Pascoe has more than 14 years of experience in marketing, business development and hotel openings and a proven track record in achieving results through innovative marketing and management techniques. Prior to joining ONYX she worked for the Shangri-La Group for over 10 years in various locations around the globe, including Singapore, Thailand, Muscat and Kuala Lumpur. She also led the sales and marketing pre-opening team at Palazzo Versace in Queensland, Australia.Read more
Ms. Pascoe oversees the strategic and tactical marketing within the organisation to ensure that the group’s sales and marketing strategies are closely aligned to maximise the return on sales efforts.
- Robert Rijnders, Senior Vice-President, Operations
Mr. Rijnders has worked with the Amari Group for 20 years and was most recently General Manager of the Amari Atrium Bangkok. Prior to this, he was General Manager of the Amari Coral Beach Resort in Phuket and Orchid Resort in Pattaya.
- Stefan Wolf – Senior Vice-President Revenue Management and Distribution Systems
Mr. Wolf has extensive experience in developing global revenue management strategies, operations, and implementing revenue management infrastructure. His hotel career began in operations at a leading hotel in Korea before joining Marriott International in 1996 in reservations and revenue management at the Marriott Hotel in Hamburg.Read more
He then continued for more than 15 years in key revenue management positions for several leading hotel groups including InterContinental Hotels Group, Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts and the Jumeirah Group.
Prior to joining ONYX, Mr. Wolf set up the revenue management infrastructure for Rocco Forte Hotels as their Group Director of Revenue Management & Distribution.
At ONYX, Mr. Wolf will use his expertise to build a revenue management culture and to ensure the success of revenue management for ONYX and the properties under the group’s portfolio of brands.
- Kunchit Hanafee – Senior Vice President, Information Technology
Mr. Hanafee has extensive practice in the Information Technology field with over 22 years of experience working for major hospitality providers. Mr. Hanafee has successfully implemented complex Information Technology strategies on both the property and regional levels.Read more
Prior to joining ONYX Hospitality Group, Mr. Hanafee was Regional Director of IT for Starwood Hotels and Resorts, overseeing operations in Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia. Mr. Hanafee was also Director of IT for the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit and a number of other properties throughout Thailand.
Mr. Hanafee’s experience and breadth of knowledge is the technological foundation for ONYX’s ambitious expansion plans.
- Chetan Patel – Vice-President, Strategic Marketing & E-Commerce
Mr. Patel has in-depth experience across a broad spectrum of online marketing and communications platforms. During a career of more than eight years, he has garnered an excellent understanding of the ever changing internet travel landscape and is able to skillfully incorporate the latest developments into current business practices.Read more
Mr. Patel previously held the position of Vice President - Operations at Mono Travel Co. Ltd, which operates PassionAsia.com and HotelThailand.com. His many accomplishments at ONYX Hospitality Group include winning Google Southeast Asia’s 2009 advertising Campaign of the Year.
In his role within ONYX Hospitality Group, Mr. Patel oversees a team that manages all aspects of the organisation's e-commerce initiatives, from search engine optimisation (SEO), to OTA relationship management, web development, content management, internet marketing, web based CRM, and social media.
Mr. Patel heads up ONYX's E-Commerce department with the objective of maximising the potential of this critical channel.
- David Cumming – Vice-President, Operational Development
A graduate of Hotel, Catering and Institutional Administration, Mr. David Cumming has been with Amari since 2004. Originally as Executive Assistant Manager of Food & Beverage Division then as Resident Manager at Amari Watergate Bangkok, his most recent responsibility was the smooth running of the very popular Amari Orchid Pattaya.Read more
In his new role as VP Operational Development for ONYX Hospitality Group, he will be working on the pre-opening phase of the new hotels globally, as well as other operational initiatives from the corporate office. A British national, Mr. Cumming brings with him a wealth of experience from Great Britain, Egypt, the UAE, Oman, and Thailand.
- Chatchawarn Lauruengtana, Vice-President, Information Technology
- Elaine Young - Executive Director, ONYX North Asia
Ms. Young has extensive experience in the hospitality industry and is the co-founder of the boutique serviced apartment brand, Shama. Following ONYX’s acquisition of the Shama brand in 2010, Ms. Young joined as Executive Director to drive development and operations of all ONYX brands in North Asia.Read more
Among her many accomplishments, Ms. Young was previously presented with the prestigious 'Entrepreneur of the Year Award’ by RBS Coutts and Financial Times' "Women in Asia Awards 2009", securing her formidable status as a business success story in the region.
With her breadth of expertise, Ms. Young will drive the operations of all ONYX brands including Saffron, Amari, Shama and Ozo to strengthen their position in North Asia.
- Simon Dell – Vice-President, Operations North Asia & GM OZO Wesley Hong Kong
Mr. Simon Dell’s career with ONYX began in 2008 as Executive Assistant Manager of Amari Orchid Pattaya, before being appointed General Manager of Amari Vogue Krabi in 2009, then most recently the General Manager of newly opened Amari Hua Hin.Read more
In his new role outside of the Amari brand, in addition to managing the opening of OZO Wesley Hong Kong, Mr. Dell is also responsible for the operations of ONYX’s North Asia division in Greater China. Mr. Dell brings with him an extensive experience from Hong Kong, Russia, Germany, Israel, the UK, and Switzerland.
- Tommy Lai – Vice-President, Development for ONYX North Asia
Mr. Lai has a wide spectrum of experience in financial management, development and investment. In a career that spans more than 15 years, he has built a strong understanding of real estate in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia and China. Mr. Lai is responsible for overseeing the development and expansion strategies of ONXY Hospitality Group in North Asia.Read more
Prior to joining ONYX Hospitality Group, Mr. Lai held several leadership positions including heading the marketing and business development team for the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City project. Based in the Shanghai office, he will be responsible for growing and expanding ONYX Hospitality Group's foothold in North Asia.