Edouard Ettedgui, Chief Executive Officer Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, has announced the appointment of Lay Choo Lim as Group Counsel, effective 1st January 2003.
Since joining Mandarin Oriental in January 2001, Lay Choo has overseen all legal services for the Group’s development activities, including major contractual and trademark issues and the engagement of external counsel.
Lay Choo has extensive hotel legal experience, practising as a corporate commercial lawyer for 23 years in Hong Kong, London, Beijing, Melbourne, Kuala Lumpur and Wellington. Prior to joining the Group, she was the principal of L.C. Lim & Company, a general corporate and commercial law practice, specialising in the hospitality industry. Before establishing her own practice, she previously served as Vice President-General Counsel for Bass Hotels & Resorts, Asia Pacific, for seven years.
In her new capacity and reporting to Edouard Ettedgui directly, Lay Choo will be an Executive Director of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group International Limited (MOHGIL).
Mandarin Oriental is the award-winning owner and operator of some of the world’s most prestigious hotels and resorts. In total, the Group operates 18 luxury hotels in key business and leisure destinations, with three additional hotels under development, including New York (opening late 2003), Washington D.C. (opening 2004) and Tokyo (opening 2006). Mandarin Oriental now operates some 7,000 rooms in eleven countries with nine hotels in Asia, six in The Americas and three in Europe.