Guan Kiang graduated from the University of Western Sydney with a Masters of Commerce in Hospitality Management and is also an Adjunct Lecturer at Vatel Hotel & Tourism Business School, Singapore SDH Institute, which was voted the Worldwide Hospitality Awards’ Best Hospitality Management School.
Guan Kiang brings with him more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry spanning 4 continents. From being a Team Leader at the Sydney Olympics 2000, to managing front office operations for Marriott Hotels and Resorts in the United States; from organising world-class events in the United Arab Emirates, to helming properties in China under the Ascott Group; Guan Kiang has amassed a wealth of experience in virtually all aspects of the hospitality business including strategic planning, asset management, business development, strategic alliance negotiations, budgeting and revenue management, property opening and operations management.
In his most recent role as the Co-CEO of eStay, Guan Kiang led the growth of the China-based service residence management company, from a small struggling brand to more than 6,000 rooms in 50 properties and 1,000 employees in over 30 cities, and about $1.2 billion assets under management. Thereafter, he returned to Singapore to be closer to family, and to oversee the expansion of the listed company, Rowsley Limited’s hospitality business, setting up hotel and restaurant franchises in the Asia-Pacific region.