Board Of Directors
M.L. Laksasubha Kridakon
M.L. Laksasubha Kridakon is the owner and director of her own business, Laksasubha, a boutique beachfront resort in the centre of Hua Hin. Khun Lak designed the concept of the resort based on years of experience living in South America, Europe and Australia. She joined the AustCham Board in 2009 and has been Vice President for the last four years.
Seeing great worth in nurturing today’s younger generation to become tomorrow’s leaders, M.L. Laksasubha has invested much time to create and grow the Thai-Australia Association (TAA) and AustCham joint program; ‘AustralianAlumni’. The group has created its own website which has seen over 850 people sign up to already. Khun Lak is determined to strengthen this program and further collaborate with likeminded organisations to increase awareness and promote the value of Australian business and academia.
Khun Lak is also an entrepreneur and has been owner of various business including Krystalina crystal company and the first steps international preschool in Bangkok. She also represents AustCham in the Professional Women’s Group (PWG). Khun Lak has spent much of her life in Australia including studying there. She has two children – one who has graduated from University of Melbourne and another has graduated from RMIT University.
2020 AustCham sub-committees: M.L. Laksasubha is serving on the Hospitality & Tourism, Small Business & Entrepreneur, Women in Leadership, Membership and Alumni sub-committees.
Partner, Tilleke & Gibbins
Khun Chaiwat is a partner in Tilleke & Gibbins’ corporate and commercial group and head of the firm’s property practice. A seasoned attorney with over 15 years of post-qualification experience, he advises domestic and multinational companies on a wide range of legal matters related to doing business and real estate matters in Thailand. He graduated with an LL.B. from Thammasat University in 2002, and an LL.M. (with honor) in International Business Law from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, in 2006; and is a member of the Lawyers Council of Thailand and the Thai Bar Association. His professional experience and understanding of local laws will be of great benefit to the Board and to AustCham as a whole, and will use knowledge to keep members aware of the latest business and legal developments.
CEO, Restaurants Development Company Limited (“RD”)
Andrew is currently the CEO of a large and fast growing Franchisee of the KFC Brand in Thailand, Restaurants Development Company Limited (“RD”). RD established operations in 2016 to become only the second Franchisee for KFC in Thailand in over 30 years. The business is headquartered in Bangkok and employs over 4,000 staff across Thailand. RD is a significant investor into Thailand and is committed to creating more employment and development opportunities for its team. At the start of 2022 RD was operating 230 KFC restaurants in the Kingdom of Thailand. In the last 5 years RD has been one of the fastest growing food retailers in Thailand, opening over 120 new KFC restaurants across the Kingdom.
Andrew has over 25 years of experience in blue chip professional services, FMCG and Retail organizations leading Finance, Operations and Business Development teams across Australia, the UK and Thailand. Andrew relocated to Thailand in 2011 with Yum Restaurants, the US Listed global brand owner and Franchisor for KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell brands.
Andrew graduated from the University of Technology, Sydney with a Bachelor of Business degree with Distinction. Andrew is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.
Andrew is passionate about contributing to the significant growth opportunity for leading consumer brands in Thailand and the employment, training and development for Thai people available as a result.
In 2020 Andrew was elected to the Board of the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Thailand and in 2021 became a Vice President of the Chamber. During 2021 Andrew led the Corporate Social Responsibility sub-committee for the Chamber.
Andrew has lived in Thailand since 2011 with his wife and 3 children
Partner – Tax & Legal Grant Thornton
As a partner at Grant Thornton’s tax and legal practice, I advised businesses ranging from multinational corporations to start-ups on doing business in Thailand. Prior to Grant Thornton, I ran a boutique firm specializing in customs law and was a customs and trade consultant at PwC. I received a Juris Doctor from The George Washington University Law School and a Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University.
I presently serve on AustCham’s Customs Sub-Committee and as the Foreign Chambers Alliance’s representative to the Thai government’s Regulatory Guillotine Committee. I previously served on the Foreign Economics Policy Reform Committee before the Thai Legislative Assembly, and the Federation of Thai Industries’ customs and trade committee. I co-written and presented economic and trade position papers before the ASEAN CLMV Senior Economics Officers Summit.
AustCham’s strength as a chamber is defined by how well it addresses and advocates for its members’ needs, and the linkages it forms with local and foreign business communities. As a board member, I will strive to contribute my technical expertise in tax and customs, and leverage on past private-public sector experiences to advocate for our members across diverse platforms.
Country Manager, Linfox Thailand
Saj Iqbal is Country Manager for Linfox Thailand and manages all of Linfox’s logistics business in the Kingdom.
Saj first arrived in Thailand with Mars in 2000 and has 30 years of logistics experience. Saj joined Linfox in 2006 and was responsible for large implementations and growth projects in China, India, Indonesia and Thailand. In 2013, Saj became Country Manager for Linfox Malaysia and in 2016, Saj took on a dual role and added Country Manager for Linfox Indonesia to his responsibility. At the beginning of 2018, Saj was appointed as Regional Account Director for Linfox with specific responsibility for the Unilever Business in Asia Pacific. Saj’s commercial expertise supported continuous improvement savings and incorporated innovation platforms with significant benefit to the customer in Thailand and across Asia. He was appointed Thailand Country Manager in 2019.
Linfox has been operating its logistics business in Thailand and Southeast Asia for over 20 years and serves customers in the FMCG, retail and industrial markets. As Platinum sponsor and through its previous board and committee members, Linfox has been a strong supporter of the chamber and is keen to work side by side to improve the chamber’s relations and service offerings to its members.
General Manager – KING Furniture Thai Company Limited
Frank has been in the Automotive and Manufacturing sector for the past 40 years covering Manufacturing operations, Quality, Customs, IT, HR and most prominently in the Finance sector.
Frank arrived in Thailand 2005 with General Motors – Chevrolet as the Director of ASEAN Manufacturing finance and was involved in operational activities across Thailand, India, China & Indonesia, after 10 years in Thailand found his way to MFG Asia Pacific operations leading a Tier 1 Automotive operations working with organizations such as Honda & Ford as General Manager.
Since then, move on as General manager of ANCA Sheet Metal Solutions until present and has been actively developing business growth and market diversification.
Frank has also been actively involved in leading the MFG (Manufacturing Focus Group) on the Eastern Seaboard over the past 10 years.
Currently also leading the ESB (Eastern Seaboard Business) monthly business dinner event.
Frank has been actively supporting the manufacturing community and in 2018 had opportunity to lecture in Nepal to Colleges in Katmandu on manufacturing principals.
Over the past 3 years has held the position of Director at AustCham and has been active in the Manufacturing and Customs areas of the Chambers Activities.
General Manager, Mövenpick Hotel Sukhumvit 15 Bangkok, Planet 21 Champion, Accor Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos & Vietnam
Jon Cannon has recently been appointed General Manager of Mövenpick Hotel Sukhumvit 15 Bangkok.
Having joined Accor in 2010 at Sydney Olympic Park, home to the first Pullman address in Australia, Jon took on various operational roles across the country before relocating to Thailand in 2015. Since then, Jon has held leadership positions in Phuket, Koh Samui and Bangkok.
Jon is also Accor’s Planet 21 Champion for Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. Within this role, Jon oversees projects related to sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) at over 140 hotels and resorts across five countries. Planet 21 is Accor’s Global CSR programme consisting of a series of ambitious objectives structured around four strategic pillars: working with employees, involving clients, innovating with partners, and involving local communities.
In his spare time Jon is a Board member for the Thailand chapter of the Australian Chamber of Commerce, and is actively involved in community initiatives across the Kingdom, heading the chamber’s CSR committee.
Jon also supports three children at Yaowawit School – Kapong, in the Phang Nga Province of southern Thailand, as part of a community sponsorship programme, along with his rescue dog, Keo, who he met during the pandemic in Koh Samui.
2022 AustCham sub-Committees: Lead on CSR & Sustainability committee, Member of Hospitality & Tourism committee, Member of Membership committee
Chief People Officer Asset World Corp Public Company Limited
Khun Chokdee is an experienced business executive with proven records in incubating, developing, and managing multi-business units, in large organisations. He considers himself very fortunate having work in many disciplines namely accounting, operations, project development, business development, and most recently human resources, across various industries from banking, hotel, chain restaurant, consultancy, media, asset management, and real estate.
Currently, he is the proud Chief People Officer at Asset World Corp Public Company Limited, a holding company under TCC Group. The company has two main businesses consisting of Hospitality business managed by world-renowned hotel brands such as Marriott, The Luxury Collection, Okura, Banyan Tree, Hilton, Melia, Le Meridien, and Sheraton and Retail, Wholesale, and Commercial properties whose projects include ASIATIQUE the Riverfront, Gateway Malls, AEC Trade Center, Empire Tower and Athenee Tower.
Having been given many opportunities in his career, he is at the stage where he can contribute back to the business community and particularly to the younger generation. AustCham has been his preferred Chamber of Commerce during the past years. He has professionally benefitted and enjoyed networking at Sundowners. Thus, it would be a true pleasure to return his service to AustCham members as a Director on the Board.
Co-founder and CEO Dollarsmart Global (“DSG”)
Company: DSG established in 2014, is a leading Asian and African International payments company, making thousands of payments for our personal and corporate customers every day into Asia and Africa. A fast growing FINTECH company, developing all our own software, with 20+ employees based in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
2019 – selected by Bank of Thailand as one of Thailand’s Top 8 FINTECH companies.
Experience: 30+ years of international banking experience in large global banks in London, Sydney and Singapore focused on Financial Markets and Technology and now 6 years of FINTECH startup experience in Thailand and Asia.
Austcham Chamber Experience: Headed Austcham Technology Subcommittee for 3 years. Ran various Technology events.
I am interested in nominating for a Austcham Director position and can contribute the following:
Based in Chiang mai, I can help Austcham establish a strong presence in Thailand second largest city and Northern Thailand.
Deep Technical and Startup experience to the chamber and help build on the Technical subcommittee initiatives we ran over the last few years.
Director of Business Development, SO/ Bangkok
Juthamas Carranco, known as Kwan, is a passionate hotelier with over 20 years of experiences in hospitality & tourism industry particularly in luxury and five-star hotels in the key destinations in Thailand such as Bangkok, Pattaya, Hua Hin, Chiang Mai and Samui. She is also Australian Alumni holding a Masters degree in Marketing Management from Griffith University in Brisbane. Kwan has a strong background in Sales & Marketing, Business Development, Branding and Digital Marketing. She is also serving Thailand Incentive and Convention Association (TICA) as Co-Chairperson for Marketing Committee and is working towards promoting the country in collaboration with TCEB – Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau. Kwan is also passionate is giving back. She was one of the volunteer teachers of AustCham since 2007 and is doing a lot for the society such as being a guest speaker for many organizations and universities including TICA, HSMAI, Luxellence, Mahidol University, Assumption University, Chulalongkorn University and Asian Institute of Technology and is currently being Advisor for Oceans For All Foundation in Phuket working towards creating sustainability. Her talents have been well recognized with many awards including Finalist of Australian Alumni Leadership Award 2019, IHMP – International Hospitality Management Program for Accor Leadership Program Class 2017, Nominee for Best Employee Development Program in 2013 and High Potential Program in 2011 for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Asia Pacific.
SO/ Bangkok is the first truly designed hotel in collaboration of five well-known Thai designers and the world renowned fashion guru, Monsieur Christian Lacriox. Located on the corner of Sathorn Road and Rama IV Road providing a stunning view of Lumpini Park with one of the most beautiful infinity pool and rooftop bar in town. The hotel is a luxury playground for stylish socializers whether for stay, meeting or a party.
2022 AustCham sub-Committee: Lead on Diversity & Inclusion Sub-Committee.
2019-2021 AustCham sub-Committee: Member of Women in Leadership Sub-Committee.
Managing Director SW Consulting (Asia) Co Ltd
Simon Wetherell is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of SW Consulting (Asia) Co Ltd (trading as Australian Visas Thailand), a professional services firm that provides migration assistance on all matters related to Australian/Thai migration and has been a resident of Thailand since 2012, firstly in Phuket and now Bangkok and Pattaya.
Simon is an Australian Legal Practitioner and was admitted to practice in New South Wales in 1999, as well the Australian Federal and High Courts. He has subsequently been admitted in England & Wales in 2002 and the Cayman Islands in 2008. He is a current Registered Migration Agent (MARA #1464995). Simon has an LLB (Hons) and MBA majoring in New Venture Finance. Simon first worked at Clayton Utz in Sydney, one of Australia’s top tier law firms, before working for Clifford Chance, London, a magic circle firm and one of the world’s finest. After being seconded to Deutsche Bank Simon moved there full time and remained for 6 years, based in London and then later transferred to the Cayman Islands. In his role in the Cayman Islands, Simon was a Director of companies with assets in excess of US$35 Billion.
Simon’s clients and experience have included some of the best and most respected firms in the world, including Marriott Group, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, Citibank, Royal Bank of Scotland, Telecom Italia and many more. Simon has lived in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas so he fully understands what it is like to be an expat and work with foreign nationals and governments.
With his background Simon hopes to bring his different valuable knowledge and experience and be a strong contributor to the Austcham board.
2020 AustChamsub-committees: Simon is serving on the Small Business & Entrepreneurs sub-committee.
Ex Officio Director
Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner, Thailand and Laos at Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) Australian Embassy Bangkok
Michael is an International Trade and Investment leader with deep commercial and government acumen. He has extensive experience working with investors from North Asia, ASEAN, Europe, India and North America and a diverse range of Australian exporters.
His previous assignments include leading Austrade’s Infrastructure and Energy teams, as Trade Commissioner in Jakarta and as a Diplomat in Kuala Lumpur, as well as in the NSW Premier’s Office.
Committee & Working Groups
We are please to introduce AustCham honorary members
1977 Adrian L. Gundlach
1978 Adrian L. Gundlach
1979 Desmond H. Keneally
1980 Robert F. Goninon
1981 Robert F. Goninon
1982 Robert F. Goninon
1983 Robert F. Goninon
1984 Michael D. Ryan
1985 Michael D. Ryan
1986 John W Hancock
1987 Kenneth Bradley
1988 Kenneth Bradley
1989 Kevin F. Smith
1990 Kevin F. Smith
1991 Philip W Forrest, Keith M. Folwell
1992 Gary H. White
1993 David Took, Barrie Law, Roger Lindeman
1994 Gary H. White
1995 Gary H. White
1996 Gary H. White
1997 Gary H. White
1998 John W Hancock
1999 Max Lindsay
2000 Max Lindsay
2001 Hugh Mosley
2002 Mark Driscoll
2003 David Wright
2004 David Wright
2005 Gary Woollacott
2006 Gary Woollacott
2007 Gary Woollacott
2008 Shane Torr
2009 Andrew Durieux
2010 Andrew Durieux
2011 John Anderson
2012 John Anderson
2013 Leigh Scott – Kemmis
2014 Leigh Scott – Kemmis
2015 Leigh Scott – Kemmis
2015 Brenton Mauriello (from Sept 2015)
2016 Brenton Mauriello
2017 Brenton Mauriello
2018 Brenton Mauriello
2019 Wayne Williams
2020 Benjamin Krieg
2021 Benjamin Krieg
2021 Chris McLoughlin
2022 M.L. Laksasubha Kridakon