CHRIS McCORMACK – Executive Chairman
Thanyapura’s Executive Chairman, Chris “Macca” McCormack, is one of the world’s greatest triathletes. He has held the International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Champion title 5 times, the Ironman Champion title 12 times, and is the only person ever to hold the ITU Olympic distance and Ironman World Champion titles at the same time. He has broken the 8-hour barrier over the Ironman distance 4 times – the only man to break the barrier more than twice. Hailed by ESPN as the “world’s fittest athlete”, Macca has clocked up more than 220 wins during his career as a professional triathlete, with a stunning 76 per cent win rate in his race career events. Triathlon magazine has selected him as International Athlete of the Year 4 times, and he’s written a best-selling autobiography, I’m Here To Win.
PHILIPP GRAF VON HARDENBERG – President & CEO
German-born Mr Graf von Hardenberg wears many hats: business coach, entrepreneur, financier, educator, hotelier, fund-raiser, and philanthropist. He has turned around the fortunes of the first International School in Berlin, set up Steven Spielberg’s Shoah Foundation in Germany and played a leadership role in turning Ritz-Carlton Hotels into a global five-star luxury brand. The Graf von Hardenberg name has long been known to the populace of greater Phuket and Phang Nga provinces after his swift and effective actions following the 2004 tsunami. He founded and drove the success of the Yaowawit School, a government-approved, public welfare boarding school looking after Thai children from unfortunate backgrounds that is all but self-reliant through projects generated to cover running costs and offer training and employment.
SUDANONG SAMANTARAT – Director of Human Resources
MBA graduate Ms Sudanong is renowned for her strong work ethic and energetic enthusiasm for her work, thanks to her many years experience in the human resources sector of the hospitality industry. A Thai national, fluent in English, Ms Sudanong was a natural choice for Human Resources Director at Thanyapura. Her previous role as Human Resources Manager for Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa saw her hone her skills in HR planning and forecasting, performance management, talent management – including an online recruitment programme – and HR profit and loss control. Prior to this position, she developed her people management skills for other illustrious resorts including JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa and Andaman White Beach Resort in Phuket.
JEANNE OZORIO – Chief Finance Director
Canadian Jeanne Ozorio is at the helm of reviewing the entire financial performance of the Thanyapura group of companies. She has proved her credentials with more than 20 years experience of accounting and controlling finances in the hospitality sector, leaving her well placed to manage the financial performance of Thanyapura’s 14 companies covering hotels, a school, sports complex, security, management service, organic farming and sales. Her love of travelling took her from her native Canada to Asia, where she has held prominent financial roles for hotels and resorts across Indonesia, Hong Kong and Thailand.
PROF. DR MICHAEL KLENTZE – Chief Medical and Scientific Officer
Dr Klentze graduated from medical school in Munich in 1976, and completed his Ph.D in 1984. Dr Klentze holds qualifications in Neurochemistry, Gynecology and Obstetrics, Psychiatry, Psychotherapy, Endocrinology and Diabetology. In 1996 the Klentze Institut was founded, specializing in anti-aging and regenerative medicine. In the following years Dr Klentze became a sought-after speaker in aging and preventive medicine, and has continued to remain on the cutting edge of medical science with extensive involvement in stem cell and genetics applied in clinical medicine. Dr Klentze is currently the Chief Scientific and Medical Officer of the Klentze Medical Faculty, medical training company, specialising in anti-aging, preventive and regenerative medicine, and at the Thanyapura Integrative Health Centre (TIHC) since 2012. Dr Klentze has held several notable positions including: Secretary General of the European Society of Preventive, Regenerative and Anti-Aging Medicine between 2003-2009; Senior Professor at Mae Fa Luang University, Bangkok, Thailand; Visiting professor at Udayana University in Bali and at UCSI University in Kuala Lumpur; Scientific advisor at Pfizer in Germany between 2005-2008 for clinical applications in anti-aging medicine; International Medical Director of Vitallife Corp. Ltd (Bumrungrad Hospital) from 2009 to 2011.
TROY DE HAAS – Director of Sales
Thanyapura Phuket has appointed former pro athlete Troy de Haas as its new Director of Sales, adding to its experienced team a tourism industry veteran who is renowned for his sports, health and wellness expertise. The Australian – who represented his country in mountain running as well as orienteering and other running events – has a great understanding of the Asian market, having spent many years working in Hong Kong as the Manager of Flight Centre, a global travel company he worked with for a total of eight years. As Manager of Flight Centre Hong Kong, he was named one of the company’s top 10 travel managers in the world and Asia’s No.1 travel manager after his team generated the highest sales volume and record profits across the region.
Over the years Mr de Haas has forged many valuable and lasting relationships in the tourism sector, particularly in sports and health/wellness travel. He is recognized as pioneering sports travel in Asia-Pacific after developing related product lines and collaborating with high-profile athletes and teams.
MICHAEL DHULST – Director of Sports
As a graduate of Economics, International & Strategic Management, Michael quickly paved his way to a successful career with Volkswagen Group World Headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany, and was quickly promoted and relocated to Beijing, China with Volkswagen Group Investment Services. Michael has extensive experience in purchasing and project management and was proven an asset after gaining a 170 million euro investment to build VW ATD to be appointed as head of Purchasing and Sales.
After brining the project to a close and reaching Start of Production he was headhunted for a career as Vice-President of Strategic Growth at SIBELCO greater China.
Passionate and always dedicated to endurance sports and adventure, Michael has previously cycled 6000 km around Asia, motivating him to compete in the Iron Man World Championship in Hawaii in 2011. Deciding to pursue his passion he then established and continues to grow Challenge Taiwan the first International full distance triathlon event in Asia and the first Challenge Family event in Asia. Michael’s appreciation for athletes and supporters have always been the motives for his success, and will continue to be as the Director of Sports within Thanyapura. Along with his love for sports, Michael’s focus on quality and an elite standard will be the basis for his work, while his international travels and experience has provided him with the expertise to grow Thanyapura to not only be the greatest sporting facility within Asia, but internationally.