Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Head of Development and Owner Relationship, ASPAC
Mr. Leo Yen is Head of Development and Owner Relationship, ASPAC of Hyatt Hotels Corporation responsible for business expansion in Asia and Pacific region.
Prior to joining Hyatt, Leo was the CEO of U-Inn Hotels Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of VXL Capital in Hong Kong. Through the Group’s strategic relationship with China Post, Leo oversaw the acquisition, rebranding, operations and asset management of over 25 portfolios hotels. Prior to U-Inn, Leo was the China Director of Panorama Hospitality, Morgan Stanley’s hotel asset management and operating company. Before that, Leo spent five and half years as the Director and Chief Representative for China with Horwath Asia Pacific, the leading hospitality consultancy firm in the region.
Leo started his hospitality career as a consultant with the Heymann Group (renamed Unifocus), a US-based consulting company specializing in hotel productivity and performance management. He later moved to Asia and joined Raintree Management Partners in the Philippines as Project Director, where he oversaw development and management of serviced apartments and food parks.
Leo earned a BS from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration and an MBA from Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management. He spent two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mali, West Africa as a small and medium enterprise development advisor. He is fluent in written and oral Mandarin Chinese, and conversational in French and Bambara, a west African dialect.
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Leo Yen, Head of Development and Owner Relationship, ASPAC, Hyatt Hotels Corporation
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