Experienced Executive Team

Gary Murray

CEO

Gary is the founder and CEO of Destination Group Co. LTD, with 30 years of hotel development, operations, and ownership experience. He has managed the company’s growth into one of Asia’s largest hospitality companies. Gary has an MBA from Dalhousie University and a BA from University of Western Ontario, Canada. He has developed 4- and 5-star resorts overseas and in Thailand under the Hilton, Starwood, Swissotel and Novotel brands & owns and operates lifestyle F&B brand.

Alaa Afifi

President

Alaa has 18 years of hotel operations experience, primarily with Accor International based in Egypt, India and Thailand. He has held operational leadership roles with responsibility for multiple hotels as well as corporate positions supporting finance and operational excellence. Alaa holds a bachelor of commerce and business administration degree from Helwan University in Egypt.

Senee Doungsuwan

Executive VP - Construction

Senee has 20 years of experience in construction, primarily with the Destination Group. He is a special instructor at Ratchaburi Technical College for construction and MRT projects and has extensive experience leading hotel construction and renovation projects.

James Kaplan

Senior Advisor

James is the founder and CEO of Destination Capital and has more than 30 years of global hotel and resort development and acquisition experience with a primary focus in the Asia Pacifc region. After selling his Hong Kong hospitality consulting business in 1998, he held leadership positions at Marriott International, Kerzner International, Fairmont, Raffes and Minor International. James earned his BA degree in Asian Political Systems from UC Berkeley and his Juris Doctor Degree from Golden Gate University San Francisco.

Rajesh Aggarwal

Group Financial Head

Rajesh has more than 30 years of hotel finance experience with leading regional and international hotel brands based in India, the Middle East and Thailand. He has held finance leadership roles with responsibility for multiple hotels, as well as corporate positions. Rajesh holds a bachelor of commerce degree from Delhi University in India.

Louis Genelli

GROUP Director Digital Marketing

With 10 years of experience in the hospitality industry across Asia, Louis has a background in web design, SEO, SEM and digital marketing. He has worked for some of the leading regional and international DMC’s in Bangkok. As a dedicated worker, his core values are initiative, commitment, and the pursuit of excellence.

Nophadol (Niman) Doowa

Director of Marketing

Niman is a results-oriented Marketer with a wide range of experience especially in the Hospitality industry. Niman holds a Bachelor in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. His expertise and knowledge of the industry as well as his creativity and passion provide a fresh look to his marketing efforts.

Waewwan Chavanothai

Director of People

Waewwan has more than 15 years of experience in human resources, covering hotels, spas & wellness, restaurants, and fintech industries. She possesses well-rounded skills in the field, including human resources management, recruitment, compensation & benefits, and people & careers development and training. Waewwan received her master’s degree in public administration from Chulalongkorn University in Thailand

Rounak Keshri

Real Estate Acquisitions Manager

Rounak has over 15 years of experience and has worked in India, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, the United Arab Emirates, and Thailand. He has previously worked with prestigious organizations such as CBRE, bringing expertise in sourcing real estate investment deals (across various sectors) and initiating, structuring, and executing transactions (Buy and Sell Side Advisory). In 2006, he received his postgraduate diploma from the Indira School of Management Studies in Pune.