The Ascott Limited, a lodging business unit wholly owned by CapitaLand Investment (CLI), today announced the appointment of industry veterans David Cumming and Kanit Sangmookda to lead fast-growing markets within the group’s Southeast Asia portfolio. David Cumming joins as Regional General Manager for Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar, and Kanit Sangmookda joins as Country General Manager for Thailand and Laos. These senior appointments support Ascott’s strategic goals to capitalise on the emerging opportunities in the region.
Ms Wong Kar Ling, Managing Director, Southeast Asia and Head of Strategy & Global Operations, Ascott, said: “Southeast Asia holds one of Ascott’s largest footprint spanning more than 65,000 units across almost 90 cities and growing. Our Regional and Country General Managers play integral roles in leading our network of operationally-ready teams that go deep in-market across geographies. Both David and Kanit bring with them extensive experience with global hotel chains which will further strengthen our capability to grow Ascott’s portfolio of flex-hybrid properties to further us on our continued journey as a global hospitality company.”
“The travel landscape is changing and as we enter a new era of hospitality, these new appointments will be instrumental in propelling the drive for operational excellence and commercial performance across the properties in David and Kanit’s portfolios.” added Ms Wong.
As Regional General Manager, Ascott Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar, David will oversee a portfolio of over 40 properties, where more than half are slated to open over the next three years. David joins Ascott with over two decades of global hospitality industry experience across the United Kingdom, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Oman, and most recently Thailand. He has held leadership roles with Onyx Hospitality Group, InterContinental Hotels Group and Accor. Highly skilled in aspects of MICE and F&B operations, pre-openings, development and strategic planning, David’s expertise aligns with Ascott’s growth ambitions as a global hospitality company.
A British national, David holds a Bachelor’s degree in Hotel, Catering and Institutional Administration from the Robert Gordon University, United Kingdom.
As Country General Manager, Ascott Thailand and Laos, Kanit will manage a portfolio of over 30 properties where over a third is slated to open over the next three years. A hospitality professional with over two decades of experience in Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand, Kanit brings with him strong operational and commercial expertise from the past management of large hotel portfolios under leading hotel chains such as Marriott International, Minor Hotels and the former Starwood Hotels & Resorts.
A Thai national, Kanit holds a Master’s Degree in International Business Management majoring in Management and Economics from Wollongong University in Australia.