Chief Executive Officer
A qualified Chartered Accountant, Rajan was a key player in the management team of the Hyatt hotel chain for 36 years, helping the company grow into one of the world’s leading luxury hotel brands. He has worked in locations as varied as Bangkok, Vancouver, Mexico City and Singapore. As Area Director of Finance for South-East Asia, he oversaw rapid expansion of Hyatt in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, and India.
When the Sultan of Brunei acquired the Hyatt Regency Singapore in 1988, Rajan became the Managing Director of the owning company. In 1993 he reverted full-time to Hyatt as Vice-President with responsibility for technology and worldwide hotel financial operations, and later as Vice-President for Development and Administration. In 2006 he became Chief Financial Officer of First Oriental and took up the role of Chief Executive Officer in 2009.
Andrew Xie joined First Oriental in 2013 as Director of Business Development and has been involved in the management of Libra Group’s commercial interests in East and South-East Asia across the real estate, hospitality and other sectors. Andrew was promoted to Vice President in May 2015.
Prior to First Oriental, Andrew spent 6 years in the Singapore Armed Forces, where he held various positions. As a Company Commander, Andrew had principal responsibility for over 100 personnel and an armoured fleet. He was subsequently appointed to the Ministry of Defence, where he helped develop future strategic requirements for the SAF. Andrew continues to serve as a National Serviceman in an Armoured Brigade.
Andrew received a B.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering and M.Sc. in Engineering Management from Duke University, USA.