management

Corporate Team

  • Simon Gerovich
    Chairman

    <p>Simon is Red Planet's Chairman and previously founded Evolution Capital PLC, listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand. He has spent his entire professional career in Asia and is a fluent Chinese and Japanese speaker. Simon was formerly an Equity Derivatives Trader at Goldman Sachs in Tokyo from 2000 to 2005 and graduated cum laude with a BA in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University in 2000.</p>

  • Timothy Hansing
    Chief Executive Officer

    <p>Prior to joining Red Planet, Tim was Senior Vice President Acquisitions of Kingdom Hotel Investments from 2002-2009. From 1999-2002, Tim was Senior Vice President Corporate Development of Movenpick Hotels &amp; Resorts. From 1996-1999, he was Service Group Director Real Estate &amp; Hospitality, Middle East &amp; Africa, of Arthur Andersen. From 1993-1996, he was a Senior Consultant at Pannell Kerr Forster Associates in London. From 1989-1993, Tim held various operational roles at the Whitbread Hotel Group, Thistle Hotels, Canadian Pacific, and Forte.</p>

  • Yoshi Ikurumi
    Group Chief Financial Officer

    <p>A native of Kyoto, Japan, Yoshi has built his international career in the United States and Japan. He started his career as a marketing specialist for Bank One (now JP Morgan Chase) and has since blended his marketing skills with his financial savvy to develop as an experienced CFO. Prior to joining Red Planet Hotels, Yoshi worked at Morgan Stanley, GE Capital, and Hewlett Packard. Further, he holds an MBA degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.</p>

  • James Hawrylak
    Group Investor Relations Director

    <p>James brings over 15 years of experience in Investor Relations and Corporate Governance from leading the APAC businesses at cross-border IR specialty firm, Taylor Rafferty, and proxy voting advisory firm, Institutional Shareholder Services. He has been residing in Asia for over 25 years and speaks fluent Japanese and conversational Mandarin. Further, James holds an MA in East Asian Languages from University of Hawaii and an MBA from Thunderbird.</p>

  • Sander Cohen
    Director of Legal

    <p>Sander has been managing legal and compliance work in Japan for 20 years. He also has experience working in Germany and Canada. Prior to joining Red Planet, he was in-house counsel at Mitsubishi Corporation, and later was Head of Legal &amp; Compliance at the Japanese subsidiaries of major American investment management firms. Sander is an alumnus of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and a member of the New York Bar.</p>

  • Jitai Jeon
    Project Director

    <p>Jitai is responsible for leading the strategic management of our hotel development and construction in Japan and North Asia. Jitai has more than 10 years’ experience in planning, design, and construction administration and a background in property development, construction, and project management. Prior to joining Red Planet Japan, Jitai was an Asia Pacific project manager with the Regus Group.</p>

  • Aziz Nomartov
    Director of Acquisitions

  • Hiroshi Chiba
    Director of Finance

    <p>Hiroshi has more than 30 years' experience in the Hospitality industry with a strong background in Finance. He has previously worked for several notable international hotel groups such as the Sheraton, the Marriott, Westin, and IHG. Prior to joining Red Planet, Hiroshi was the Area Director of Financial and Business Support for ANA Crowne Plaza, managing Crowne Plaza hotels in Kobe, Okayama, Hiroshima, Fukuoka, Toyama, Kanazawa, and Niigata. Further, he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Chemistry. </p>

  • Mika Umemura
    Director of Operations - Japan

    <p>Mika has a successful track record in various senior operational management positions with local and international hotel operators including Accor, Regent, Shangri-La, Far East Hospitality, and Solare Hotels &amp; Resorts in Japan, China, and Singapore. Fluent in Japanese, Chinese, and English, Mika graduated with a master’s degree in finance and holds a diploma in hotel management. Prior to joining Red Planet Japan, Mika was the Area General Manager of Far East Hospitality Management in Singapore. </p>

  • Poonnapha Tritanachart
    Director of Operations - Thailand

    <p>Poonnapha started with Red Planet in 2014, as Hotel Manager for Asoke where she ran the operations of our first hotel in Bangkok, Thailand. Further, she was involved in the pre-opening of Red Planet Bangkok Surawong. Prior to joining Red Planet, Poonnapha obtained over 10 years of experience as Operations Manager in leading a hospitality company in Thailand. She is also a holder of a Hospitality Management degree from Dusit Thani College.</p>

  • Sahlee Zaldivia
    Country Head - Philippines

    <p>Prior to joining the hotel industry with Red Planet Hotels, Sahlee had a successful career in the field of human resources, recruitment, and training, including managing large workforces in the security industry. Sahlee holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Mass Communications from St. Scholastica's College, Manila.</p>