Team

Markus Engel - CEO

Before co-founding URC, Markus, whose career began 20 years ago, worked in senior management positions for such acclaimed hotels as The Dorchester, London, The Datai, Langkawi, The Peninsula Hotels in Beijing and Chicago as well as Raffles and Oberoi Hotels & Resorts. He is responsible for the strategic development of the company.

Bernd Koehn - Senior VP Operations

Previously working for Raffles International, The Peninsula Group and Oberoi Hotels & Resorts, Bernd acquired extensive development and operations expertise and is responsible for the execution of Technical Services and Operations Planning.

John Laing - COO

Amassing 25 years of experience in luxury hospitality, John has formerly been responsible for the opening of 5 landmark hotels of GHM, including The Nam Hai, Hoi An, Vietnam, The Setai, Miami and The Lalu, Sun Moon Lake, Taiwan.

Patrick Chen - VP China

VP China, Patrick heads the China development team. His outstanding career spans across 30 years of luxury hospitality and property development experience.

Yvonne Mak - VP - Sales and Marketing

With 25 years of experience working for leading hotel brands including Mandarin Oriental, Hyatt, Hilton International and Starwood, Yvonne heads the company’s sales, marketing and communications efforts across all URC properties. In her previous role as Director of Sales & Marketing of The PuLi Hotel and Spa she was responsible for the property consistently performing commercially amongst the best in Shanghai and beyond.