Thailandís Akaryn Hotel Group has appointed
Eugene Chew as Vice President of Development and Operations.
Eugene has more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry and
speaks five languages: English, Malay, Mandarin, Cantonese and Hokkien.
Having graduated from the University of
Michigan, Eugeneís career commenced in the USA with New Great Wall
Corp, a major F&B business, where he was instrumental in
introducing new Asian dining concepts into the American market.
By 2010, he had worked his way up
to the position of Assistant General Manager of New Great Wall
Corp, handling the daily operations of a multi-million dollar
In the following years, Eugene established
himself in executive positions with global F&B companies such as
Outback Steakhouse and Compass Group in the US, before he moved
back to his native Malaysia to become Group General Manager for
Secret Recipe, where he was tasked with executing a multi-brand
expansion across Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore.
Most recently, Eugene worked for Wine Collection
in Thailand, initially as Operations Manager and later as Country
Director of Operations, leading the groupís entire Thailand
operations, covering 31 restaurants and 55 retail stores.
ďI am delighted to welcome Eugene to Akaryn
Hotel Group,Ē said Akarynís Founder and Managing Director,
Anchalika Kijkanakorn. ďAs we enter an exciting new
phase of development, he has many of the skills that will help
drive the growth of our business into new markets. In the coming
months, two of our much-loved hotel concepts will make their
international debuts, with Aleenta being introduced to Bali and
akyra arriving in Vietnam. This will undoubtedly set the ball
rolling for future investments, and with Eugeneís skills, we will
be able to maximise the many advantages of being a strong and
independent hotel company in Asiaís thriving hospitality sector.Ē
Akaryn Hotel Group currently operates a
collection of six hotels and resorts in Thailand,
located in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket and Hua Hin. The company
will make its international debut in 2020, with the launch of
Aleenta Wellness Retreat Bali, followed by the opening of akyra
Hoi An in 2021. It is also in the process of building its domestic
portfolio in Thailand, with akyra Rattanakosin Bangkok scheduled
to launch in 2020 and Aleenta Wellness Retreat Chiangmai on track
to make its debut in 2022.