Mr. Suparat Chirathivat is the Vice President of Centara Hotels & Resorts (Centara) and heads Centara International Management, the development arm of Centara. Centara International Management was established to grow the multi-brand hotel portfolio of Centarain both Thailand and overseas. Duringhis ten years with Centara, Mr. Suparat has planned Centara’s domestic and international management & acquisition strategies which enabled Centara to gain recognition as an international hotel operator in the hospitality world. Under his stewardship, Centara made its first investments outside of Thailand in the Maldives and most recently in Dubai. Pursuant to Mr. Suparat’s initiative, Centara made the strategic decision to broaden its brand spectrum beyond its core upscale “Centara” and upper upscale “Centara Grand” brands to include 3 other brands – affordable lifestyle “COSI”, midscale “Centra” and niche upscale “Centara Boutique Collection”. In recognition of his achievements, Mr. Suparat was awarded “Best Hotel Development Executive of Asia” in 2014 by Asia Hotel Forum International Hotel Investment Summit. Mr.Suparat started his professional career in Silicon Valley, United States as an internal consultant at US Robotics. He also held a number of directorships and participated on the boards of various IT companies in the United States prior to joining Centara. His other commercial experiences include serving as the CEO of Maxtec Development Inc. and as the President of POP Network Company Limited. In recognition of his financial and economical expertise, Mr. Suparat was appointed as an advisor to the former Minister of Finance in Thailand. Mr.Suparat acquired an MBA from the Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California. He also holds an undergraduate degree in Marketing & Finance from the same university. He completed an advanced certificate course in Politics and Governance in Democratic Systems for Executives at King Prajadhipok’s Institute and the Course for Senior Executives at Capital Market Academy of Thailand.