President, Asia Pacific
Stephen Ho is President of the Asia Pacific region including strategic oversight of more than 250 operating hotels and resorts. Mr. Ho manages the region’s most expansive hotel pipeline, largest resort collection, and best-in-class loyalty program.
Previously, Mr. Ho was Senior Vice President, Acquisitions and Development for the Greater China region, leading the team for over a decade. Starwood’s footprint grew from less than 12 hotels in Greater China to more than 200 operating and pipeline hotels during his tenure. Mr. Ho’s role spanned Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, and Korea.
Mr. Ho began his career with Starwood in 1981 as a Pastry Chef in Brunei and quickly rose through the ranks. He served in a variety of roles covering kitchen operations; design and technical services; furniture, fixture and hotel operating equipment procurement; regional purchasing programs; and pre-opening support for new hotels. Mr. Ho has worked in Brunei, Auckland, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Okinawa, Singapore, Dhaka and Beijing, and is currently based in Starwood’s Asia Pacific regional office in Singapore.
A native of Singapore and a Hong Kong permanent resident, Mr. Ho completed his EMBA degree with the University of Ottawa in Canada. He also earned a technical diploma from the Singapore Hotel and Catering School, and won numerous culinary medals and awards. Mr. Ho completed a Master’s degree in Buddhism at Hong Kong University in 2012, reflecting his deep interest in Eastern Philosophy.