Eugene, who joins the company today, has a strong background in the hospitality industry and speaks 5 languages: English, Malay, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Hokkien. With more than 20 years of experience in Asia and the West, he is uniquely positioned to drive the development for the hotel group.
Having graduated from the University of Michigan, Eugene’s career commenced in the USA with New Great Wall Corp, a F&B business, where he was instrumental in introducing new Asian dining concepts into the American market. As Pre-Opening & Opening Manager, he successfully grew the Genghis Khan Mongolian BBQ chain in the US, overseeing everything from contract negotiations and restaurant construction to staff recruitment and menu creation. By 2010, he had worked his way up to the position of Assistant General Manager of New Great Wall Corp, handling the daily operations of a multi-million dollar business.
In the following years, Eugene established himself in executive positions with global F&B companies such as Outback Steakhouse and Compass Group in the US, before he moved back to his native Malaysia to become Group General Manager for Secret Recipe, where he was tasked with executing a multi-brand expansion across Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore.
Most recently, Eugene worked for Wine Collection in Thailand, initially as Operations Manager and later as Country Director of Operations, leading the group’s entire Thailand operations, covering 31 restaurants and 55 retail stores. He now brings his lifetime of expertise to Akaryn Hotel Group, where he will report directly to the company’s pioneering founder and Managing Director, Anchalika Kijkanakorn.