Board of Directors

Richard Ong

Chairman of the Board

<p>Richard Ong is the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of the RRJ Group.  Prior to founding the RRJ Group, Mr. Ong was a co-founder and chief executive officer of HOPU. He was named gategroup’s chairman of the board in April 2019.</p> <p>Prior to 2008, Mr. Ong had a 15-year career with Goldman Sachs. Based in Beijing, he was partner and co-head of the Asian Investment Banking Division (ex-Japan). He became a managing director of Goldman Sachs in 1996 and a partner in 2000.  Mr. Ong was also a member of the Goldman Sachs Asian Management Committee.  Prior to his transfer to Goldman Sachs Gaohua Securities Co. Ltd. in Beijing, he was the co-president of Goldman Sachs Singapore.  Richard also has experience working in Hong Kong, and prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Mr. Ong worked in New York City for Chase Manhattan Bank and Prudential-Bache Capital Funding.</p> <p>Mr. Ong graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science and MBA from the University of Chicago.</p>
Charles Ong

Member of the Board

<p><span>Charles Ong is co-Chairman of RRJ Capital. Prior to joining RRJ in 2012, Mr. Ong was with Temasek Holdings for 10 years, where he held various positions including Chief Investment Officer and Chief Strategy Officer. From 2009-2011, he was Chief Executive Officer of Seatown Holdings International, a global investment subsidiary of Temasek Holdings. </span><span>Mr. Ong was with Deutsche Bank from 1998-2002 where he oversaw their investment banking business in South-East Asia. He started his career with Lazard Freres &amp; Co, New York in 1989 and he relocated to Singapore in 1995 to help start Lazard’s operations in Asia. </span><span>Mr. Ong is a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (B.Sc.) and he holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.</span></p>
Andreas Schmid

Member of the Board

<p>Andreas Schmid is an entrepreneur and has served as Chairman and co-owner of Helvetica Capital AG since 2017 and as Chairman of the Board of Zurich Airport since 2000. In 2008 Andreas Schmid was elected into the Board of Steiner AG and two years later into the Board of Wirz Partner Holding AG, where he has served as Chairman of the Board since 2017. In 2014 he was named Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Avenir Suisse and in 2017 was elected to the Board of The Radisson Hotel Group. Formerly, Mr. Schmid was Chairman of gategroup from 2009 until 2015. He was appointed Chairman and CEO of Barry Callebaut AG 1999, where he subsequently served as Vice-Chairman until 2014 and thereafter as member of the Board of Directors until 2017. Between 2002 and 2006 Mr. Schmid chaired the Board of Directors of Kuoni Travel Holding AG and between 2007 and 2011, he chaired the Supervisory Board of Symrise AG.  Mr. Schmid holds a master’s degree in law (lic. iur.) from the University of Zurich, where he also studied economics and management.</p>
Björn Bajan

Member of the Board

<p>Mr. Bajan is a business lawyer with over 30 years of experience as partner in a Zurich law firm as well as Executive Manager and Member of the Board in various Swiss and international corporations. He is presently the Chairman of Susi Partners AG in Zurich, a leading sustainable infrastructure Investor. He also served as Executive Board member of OC Oerlikon Corporation AG, one of the world’s leading high-tech industrial companies and as Corporate Secretary and Board Advisor of Landis+Gyr. Mr. Bajan holds a degree in Law from the University of Zurich and is a member of the Zurich Bar. Additionally, he earned a Master of Law in international Business Law from the University of London.  </p>
Frederick W. Reid

Member of the Board

<p>Frederick W. Reid has held a number of board and executive positions in his more than three decades in the aviation industry. In early 2019 he joined Airbnb as Global Head of Transportation. He has also served as President of Flexjet, Inc. and was founding Chief Executive Officer of Virgin America. Mr. Reid was also President and Chief Operating Officer of Delta Air Lines and, prior to that, was Delta’s Chief Marketing and Planning Officer. Before that, he was President of Lufthansa German Airlines. Most recently, Reid served as President of the Cora Aircraft Program, the world’s most advanced electric vertical take-off aircraft.</p>
Xavier Rossinyol

Member of the Board

<p>Xavier Rossinyol has more than 20 years of experience in the airline, catering and retail sector, ranging from travel retail to concession, contract and in-flight catering.  He joined gategroup as chief executive officer in April 2015. Prior to joining gategroup, Mr. Rossinyol held numerous leadership positions at Dufry, a publicly traded global travel retailer, including as chief operating officer EMEA and Asia and as group chief financial officer. From 1995 to 2004, he worked for the Spanish-based Grupo Áreas, a subsidiary of Paris-based Group Elior, a world leader in contract and concession catering.</p>