Herman Hoven is to become the
new Chief Executive Officer of Khiri Travel, effective 1 July 2019.
General Manager of Khiri Travel Indonesia, has been with Khiri
for five years.
Willem Niemeijer, the founder of the company and
current CEO, will become Chairman – a
non-operational position, which will allow him to focus full
time on his current role as CEO of Yaana Ventures, Khiri’s parent
Khiri Travel has also appointed Keagan Willemsen
Chief Financial Officer, effective 1 July 2019.
Richard Brouwer will continue as Chief
Commercial Officer of Khiri Travel, which was founded by Willem
in 1993 and now has over 200 staff in 17 offices in seven
countries in Asia.
“Herman will bring new energy and a full-time
focus to leading Khiri Travel,” Willem said. “He has a
proven track record in creating great travel experiences, is
service-minded and is a caring leader with strong cross-cultural
skills. Khiri management and staff will be
empowered to take their passion for discovery to new heights,
which will be evident in continuous innovation of product, service
delivery and sustainability.”
Over his 18 years in the travel industry,
served as a resident manager of a resort in Phuket, worked in the cruise
services and hotel sector in The Netherlands, and as a winter
sports guide in Austria.
He is a graduate from the Breda University of
Applied Sciences in The Netherlands where he studied International
Willem will now devote his time to
Yaana Ventures, where he and Chief Financial Officer, Mark Remijan,
are developing new projects in the responsible tourism and
“I’m very proud of what the team at Khiri Travel
has achieved in the past 26 years, and confident that Herman,
Richard and Keagan will continue to add many more years of growth
and success to Khiri Travel’s triple-bottom line,” said Willem.
“These are exciting times for all of us.”
Apart from Khiri Travel, Yaana Ventures includes
Cardamom Tented Camp in Cambodia, Anurak Lodge in southern
Thailand, Ground Asia, and Visama Lodges.