|UHC Honorary Chairman —— Mr. John Young
John Young, a Bachelor of Science degree holder from the world renowned Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, has over 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry in the United States and Asia. He spent a total of 25 years with Shangri-la Hotels and Resorts, starting his career with the Shangri-la Hotel in Singapore and later holding positions as Regional Vice President in the corporate office in Hong Kong and as Executive Director of Shangri-la Asia Ltd, a publicly listed company in Hong Kong.
With his extensive knowledge of the Asian hospitality industry, Mr Young provides professional services as Advisor and Consultant to business entities in the areas of strategic planning, implementation of corporate initiatives, business and management review. His in depth, hands on involvement with the hospitality industry in China earns him the qualification as a specialist advisor to local hotels and hotel companies in China. He is dedicated to guiding them in their process to upgrade their standards, management and operational efficiency, changing their mindset and corporate culture, and becoming more competitive and international.
During his tenure at Shangri-la, his responsibilities and experience included:
Hands on experience and management of large, deluxe, award winning hotels
Regional responsibility and direct supervision of up to 12 hotel General Managers
Acquisition and opening of hotels
Corporate management, strategic planning and implementation of corporate
initiatives and policies
Joint venture and management contracts negotiations
Owner relations and relationship with government bodies and industry.
His qualifications, strengths and notable achievements are:
The first Asian senior corporate and regional executive with a prestigious, quality and
customer-driven, fast growing international hotel company.
Actively involved in the build up and expansion of Shangri-la group
Direct supervision of take-over and opening of 10 hotels
Responsible for the operating and business performance of many top revenue and
GOP producing hotels, many of them are recipients of awards from international
Member of Executive Committee of Shangri-la International
Participated in the development and establishment of Shangri-la corporate culture,
branding, quality and operating standards
Human resource development, marketing and business development strategies and
In depth working knowledge and experience in China, Hong Kong and Singapore
Fully bi-lingual in English and Chinese
Excellent communication and negotiation skills
Entrepreneurial approach to hotel management and investments
He is an Honorary Chairman of the Les Amis d’ Escoffier Society.