Lee Jin YongChief Executive Officer
Lee Jin Yong
Mr Lee Jin Yong is the Chief Executive Officer of the Managers and is based in the United States.
Mr Lee has full executive responsibilities over the business directions and operational decisions in the day-to-day management of the Managers. Mr Lee has over 25 years of relevant hotel management and investment experience, personally closing on US$3.5 billion in acquisitions.
Mr Lee received a Bachelor of Science in Hotel Administration from Cornell University, New York, USA and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of California, Irvine, USA.
James S. JungHead of Investments
James S. Jung
Mr James S. Jung is the Head of Investments of the Managers and is based in the United States.
Mr Jung will work with the Chief Executive Officer to identify and evaluate potential acquisitions and related investments or divestments with a view to enhance the Trust's portfolio. Mr Jung has over a decade of experience in the full lifecycle of hospitality acquisition, asset management and disposition. Prior to joining the Managers, Mr Jung has reviewed over US$10 billion in asset valuation and was personally involved in closing a US$2 billion acquisition/divestment in partnership with institutional U.S. capital.
Mr Jung holds a Masters of Management in Hospitality (concentration in Real Estate Finance) from Cornell University, New York, USA and a Bachelor of Science/Masters of Business Administration from the University at Albany, State University of New York, USA.
Lisa SwainHead of Asset Management
Ms Lisa Swain, who is based in the U.S., has over 25 years of experience and operational expertise in revenue management, sales and e-commerce. Prior to joining the ARA Hotel Manager as Director of Asset Management, Ms Swain was Vice President of Asset Management at Clarion Partners, and oversaw a portfolio of 26 select-service and 6 full-service hotels. Ms Swain also has additional experience in hotel real estate investment consulting and property-level hotel management.
Ms Swain holds a Bachelor in Business Administration (Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Administration) from the University of South Carolina.
Ling Hong LiangFinance Director
Ling Hong Liang
Mr Ling Hong Liang is the Finance Director of the Managers and is based in Singapore.
Mr Ling is responsible for the finances of ARA US Hospitality Trust. Mr Ling has more than 16 years of experience in the accounting, finance and audit industry. Prior to joining the Managers, Mr Ling was the Vice President, Group Deputy Controller of GLP Pte. Ltd. from 2011 to 2019. Mr Ling has also spent 9 years at Deloitte & Touche LLP, Singapore in the audit division where he had been the engagement senior manager for local listed companies and leading clients.
Mr Ling graduated from Nanyang Technological University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Accountancy and is a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants.
Candice ChengFinance Manager
Ms Candice Cheng is Finance Manager of the Managers and is based in Singapore.
Ms Cheng is responsible for assisting the Finance Director with the finance function of ARA US Hospitality Trust. She has more than 10 years of experience in the finance industry. Prior to joining the Managers, she was Vice President, Equity Capital Markets at United Overseas Bank Limited. Ms Cheng has advised on several initial public offerings and other corporate finance activities for companies listed on the SGX-ST. She was also previously Corporate Finance Manager of Japan Residential Assets Manager Limited (Manager of Saizen REIT).
Ms Cheng holds a Bachelor of Accountancy degree from Nanyang Technological University and is a CFA Charterholder.
Jean TanAssistant Finance Manager
Jean Tan is the Assistant Finance Manager of the Managers and is based in Singapore.
Ms Tan is responsible for the full scope of finance and reporting functions of ARA US Hospitality Trust. She has more than 18 years of work experience in the accounting and finance industry. Prior to joining the Managers, she worked at Global Logistics Properties, Ascendas, Banyan Tree & Resorts and Far East Organization in various finance and managerial positions.
Ms Tan holds a Bachelor of Psychology Degree from Singapore University of Social Science, an ACCA certificate (UK) and is a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants.
Aaron GohAssistant Manager, Investor Relations
Mr Aaron Goh is the Investor Relations Manager of the Managers and is based in Singapore.
Mr Goh is responsible for maintaining relations with the media, investment and research community. Mr Goh has more than 5 years of experience in portfolio management and investment. Prior to joining the Managers, Mr Goh was an Assistant Manager of ARA Private Funds. He prepared periodic performance updates on ARA Private Fund's Malaysian assets and communicate with the fund's investors. Mr Goh also assisted in approximately US$1.3 billion in real estate transactions in Singapore and Australia.
Mr Goh will also assist the Head of Investments in evaluating and executing potential acquisitions/divestments with a view to enhance the Trust's portfolio.
Mr Goh graduated with a Bachelor of Finance (Corporate Finance & Investment Management) from The Australian National University.