Mr RAO is an Executive Director and the Chief Financial Officer of Shangri-La Asia Limited as well as a member of the Board’s Executive Committee. He is also the Vice Chairman of the Group’s significant subsidiary, Shangri-La International Hotel Management Limited, which is entrusted with the primary responsibility of operating the assets of the Group.
Shangri-La Asia Limited is listed on the Hong Kong stock exchange (stock code #69) with secondary listing on the Singapore stock exchange (stock code S07). The Group’s business commenced as early as early 70’s and its major businesses include (a) ownership, operations and management of hotels and hotel related services, and (b) development and leasing of commercial properties. The Group’s hotel portfolio includes “Shangri-La”, “Kerry Hotel”, “Hotel Jen”, etc, and currently manages 95 hotels with business presence extending from Asia to Oceania, Europe and North America.
Prior to his joining the Shangri-La Group in 1988, Mr RAO worked with a leading chartered accountancy practice in Mumbai, India for 17 years, including 12 years as partner. Mr RAO graduated from the University of Mumbai with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.