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Alila Hotels & Resorts

Mark A. Edleson


Mark has nearly forty years of experience in finance, real estate development and the leisure industry in Southeast Asia. A graduate of Stanford University and formerly a Vice President of Citibank, he was a partner in a corporate financial advisory firm based in Jakarta for ten years before concentrating on the hotel and leisure sectors. Mark has been associated with a number of successful brands in the leisure industry including as a founding partner of GHM Indonesia, a hotel management company that operated a number of boutique hotels. He was also a founding partner of Mandara Spa Asia — the leading global operator of resort spas. Mark is a founder of Alila Hotels & Resorts and the driving force behind the group’s green initiatives and community involvement projects in Asia. In Alila Hotels & Resorts, he oversees the new developments, corporate strategy and brand direction in Asia.

Frederic Flageat-Simon

Chief Executive Officer

A graduate of the Centre International de Glion, Switzerland, Frederic first moved to Asia with the Accor group in their hotel expansion into Indonesia and Malaysia. His hotel and tourism industry expertise in Europe and Asia spans more than two decades. Since joining Alila as Managing Director in 2001, Frederic’s passion and eye for detail have been instrumental in honing the Alila service standards and heading the group’s expansion in Asia. A passionate hotelier and a creative innovator, he was the driving force behind the ultra-luxe Alila Villas and its brand delivery. As CEO, Frederic oversees all Alila's operational partnerships and leads the Asia Pacific expansion of this lifestyle platform.

Doris Goh

Chief Marketing Officer

Doris has an illustrious career spanning more than twenty years in the hospitality industry. She was the first Asian woman to serve as education chairperson at the Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE) for Asia and as the representative on the Asia Pacific Council. A well-respected professional, her work earned much recognition, which bagged the ACTE President's Award in 2002 for her regional contributions. March 2009 saw Harper’s Bazaar Japan profiled her work in their story on ‘successful Asian career women’. Industry awards had her on the 2013 List of the Top 100 “Most Influential People in the Hospitality Industry” and the 2016 CMO ASIA List of Asia’s 50 Woman Leaders for the Leadership Excellence Award. Doris was the first person appointed at Alila Hotels and Resorts Corporate Office to drive sales & marketing and to grow the brand 14 years ago. As Chief Marketing Officer, she oversees brand positioning and pre-opening hotels while driving global marketing to optimise ROI and business conversion.

Frances di Leva

Vice President, Human Resources

Frances joins Alila Hotels & Resorts with more than fifteen years of human resources experience acquired across multiple countries. Since being lured away from Australia to the Asia Pacific region ten years ago, Frances has held a number of property-based and regional roles with Hilton and in the financial services industry. She has also previously held human resources roles with the Accor group. As Vice President, Human Resources, Frances will strengthen the human resources function to ensure delivery of the Alila promise to both our guests and our employees.

Wisesa G. Putu

Vice President, Finance

Wisesa joins Alila Hotels & Resorts with more than thirty-two years of finance experience acquired both in Indonesia and other countries such as Maldives, Thailand, Bhutan and Singapore. He has held a number of property-based and regional Financial Controller roles, including with COMO Hotels as Group Financial Controller based out of Bangkok and Singapore. With his international work experience (Melia Hotels, Shang-ri La, Four Seasons, Hard Rock Hotels, COMO Hotels), Wisesa will strengthen the internal control function to ensure best accounting practices are in place throughout the group and continue developing the property management team on business and finance acumen.

Taufik Rachman

Vice President, Global Sales - Travel Trade

Taufik Rachman first join Alila in 2001 to launch Alila Jakarta, the first hotel under Brand Alila. He is a highly motivated and results-oriented sales and marketing professional with 20 years of experience in the luxury hospitality industry, and has successfully positioning Alila’s new properties on the global map. A well-travelled sales ambassador with expertise in global sales strategy, contracting and distribution, and a wealth of experience in both traditional and digital distribution channels. Taufik in his role will manage the global sales team, and consortia travel partners for outbound business. He will be instrumental in ensuring contract inclusions for new hotels in global wholesale travel and consortia programs for all feeder markets.

Sean Brennan

Senior Vice President, Openings and Transitions

Already a key member of the Alila family, Sean Brennan joined the Alila brand in 2007 as the opening General Manager at Alila Villas Uluwatu to launch the new crafted luxury brand. Under his leadership, the property has achieved significant success and much recognition for its service quality. With his 32 years of hospitality experience in Australia, Hilton properties in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, Millennium Hilton Bangkok, Grand Hilton Seoul, and armed with a degree in Hotel Operations and Hotel Management from Switzerland, he brings together a winning combination of dynamism and creativity. Of dual nationality – Australian and British – Sean’s well-honed leadership and people skills will oversee all Alila Hotels & Resorts new development.

Julian Ayers

Regional Vice President, Middle East

Julian Ayers has a wealth of experience from various international management positions in India, Oman, the Caribbean, Indonesia and the UK. His most recent role prior to joining Alila Hotels & Resorts was as General Manager of the Eros Hotel managed by Hilton Hotels in Delhi, India. In his new roles, Julian Ayers will oversee his respective region’s day-to-day operations, sales and marketing activities and manage future growth strategies. He will be working closely with their regional development teams to help execute Alila’s growth plans in the key markets of India and the Middle East.

Steve Jeisman

Group Director, Alila Experience

An Australian national, Steve began his career in the hospitality industry in his hometown of Fremantle. At just 21, he was appointed Assistant Hotel Manager of the Norfolk Hotel in Perth and was then recruited to Indonesia as part of the opening team for a local theme park. Prior to joining Alila Hotels & Resorts, Steve was General Manager of The Villas, Bali, a boutique villa establishment of 50 private villas where he also spearheaded the opening of one of Asia’s largest high-end spas “Prana” and sister outlet "Chill". In addition to developing and launching Spa Alila in four countries, Steve played a pivotal role in creating the natural signature amenities and spa products for brand Alila worldwide. He is a passionate waterman who follows movements in sports science, aromatherapy and alternative healing.

C.J. Liang

Group Director, Development - North Asia

CJ brings 17 years of experience to her clients, in both operations and consultancy. In China since 2005, she has collaborated with the leading real estate developers, most recently as Director of Hospitality Real Estate for PKF Consulting Inc. Her wealth of knowledge in the full cycle of hotel development is of considerable value to any hospitality related project.

Chris Anklin

Group Director, Development – South East Asia, India & Middle East

Chris has spent over 18 years in Asia. Throughout his career, he has worked with HVS Executive Search, AETHOS Consulting Group and Rediscovered Limited. Chris joins us from his most recent role in Centara International Management – Bangkok. Chris is responsible for further expanding our portfolio by sourcing and negotiating hotel management across South East Asia, India and Middle East.

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