Next Story Group brings together the best in operations,
marketing, design and revenue management, coupled
with a rich regional experience that fuels our desire to
create experiences that are progressive and unique.

Our Leadership

anand

ANAND NADATHUR

Group Chief Executive Officer
darren

DARREN EDMONSTONE

Chief Executive Officer
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WOO MUN HOO

Group Chief Financial Officer

Our Board of Directors

Patrick

A. PATRICK IMBARDELLI

CHAIRMAN

Patrick is an internationally respected business leader with more than 30 years’ experience in the hotel and hospitality industry. During his distinguished career, Patrick has worked with companies such as InterContinental Hotels Group, Hilton International and Pan Pacific Hotels Group. His achievements include: capital restructures, investments in developing countries, integrating hotel management companies, businesses and brands. He has received many honors and accolades for his corporate achievements and involvement in the community. Patrick now runs a private investment company from Singapore and Sydney, as well as serving as an advisor for organizations in the US and Asia.

Patrick drove the growth and later privatization of one of Asia’s largest hotel management and ownership companies, Pan Pacific Hotels Group (PPHG) During his time as PPHG chief executive, Patrick successfully drove both the Pan Pacific and PARKROYAL hotel brands in North America, China, Japan, Southeast Asia and Australia. Prior to that, Patrick was Asia Pacific CEO of InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), a FTSE 100 PLC in the UK. During his leadership, IHG became the largest and most established hotel brand and management company in Asia Pacific. Patrick headed the team that established the brands of InterContinental, Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn into leadership positions throughout the region and engineered the joint venture between IHG and ANA Hotels to form the largest foreign hotel management company in Japan.

Patrick has a Master of Finance (Honors) from Baruch College – The City University of New York and is a member of the prestigious Beta Gamma Sigma. He is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), serving as the Chair of YPO’s Flagship Events Committee and a member of the Compensation and Human Resources Committee. He was also elected to the YPO Board of Directors from 2019 to 2022. In addition, he is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and the Singapore Institute of Directors (SID).

Bill

BILL BLACK

Bill Black has over 30 years experience in every facet of hotel management and development across the Asia-Pacific hospitality industry. Having worked for Regent Hotels, Four Seasons Hotels, independent luxury properties and managed his own boutique hotel group, Bill, a co-founder and most recently retired as President of SilverNeedle Hospitality in Singapore (now Next Story Group).

An innovative hotelier, Bill has opened and/or managed over 16 properties in the region. His comprenensive experience in Asia and especially South East Asia allows him to break conventional hospitality modes to set new benchmarks for Asian design, facilities, service and profitability. With a reputation as a hotel manager’s manager, Bill is passionate and sensitive to local culture and traditions.

Sriram

SRIRAM NADATHUR

Mr. Sriram Nadathur is a Director, and, the Chief Investment Officer of the Nadathur Group of companies. He manages the Group’s investment portfolio of over USD750 Million. He also heads healthcare and life sciences businesses and investments for the group, and, has helped incubate a portfolio of ventures across sectors including drug discovery, diagnostics, nutrition, agri-biotech, hospitals, and healthcare & pharmaceutical services. Sriram concurrently serves on the board of the Group’s technology portfolio covering security products and services, digital and traditional media, cloud-based low-cost workflow solutions, mobile consumer applications, and online assessment and hiring platforms.

Prior to joining the Nadathur Group, Sriram was part of the founding team of Syndicated Research Group, a subscription-based advisory services company focused on CFOs and Heads of HR of Fortune 500 companies. He served as Vice President of Operations as well as a Research Analyst for five years. Earlier, Sriram had spent four years at World Research Advisory holding a double portfolio as its Client Services Manager and Research Analyst. He was part of the initial start-up team at the advisory firm which started in Boston, MA under the World Congress. As the Client Services Manager, Sriram was responsible for onboarding clients from Fortune 500 companies, working with them and internal analysts to ensure timely resolution of research queries and delivery of periodic reports. He also managed client conferences and events. As the Research Analyst, he was in charge of covering various aspects of the treasury function and producing research reports and presentations.

Sriram has a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from R.V. College, Bangalore and an MBA from Northeastern University, Boston. He also is currently pursuing an MS in Biomimicry from Arizona State University. He is an active philanthropist and supports several charitable causes including nature conservation, breast cancer research and livelihood programs.

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ANAND NADATHUR

Group Chief Executive Officer

Anand Nadathur is the Director of the Nadathur Group of companies. He is responsible for the wealth management and strategic direction of Group’s assets.

Anand is now primarily serving as the Group CEO of the Group’s hospitality arm - Next Story Group. His vision of combining scale with customisation in hotels to create a leading hospitality company was the blueprint for the hospitality business. He has been instrumental in crystallising Next Story Group’s value system and in guiding its culture. He led the acquisition of Ativa Hospitality, a Bangkok-based boutique hotel management company, and Constellation Hotels, an Australian hospitality platform with over 4,000 rooms, which formed the base from which Next Story Group is now dynamically building upon.

Prior to spearheading Next Story Group, Anand has created several successful start-ups including Cades Digitech, Agency.com, iXL and Apex technologies as well as co-founding Medi-Assist, a third-party administrator (TPA) of Health Insurance Policies in India. As an investor, he has a prolific reputation having created a rigorous venture framework that is also critically nurturing and supportive.

Anand holds a MBA from INSEAD, France & Singapore, and a Master’s in Management Information Systems from Boston University. He also has a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering. He is an active philanthropist and has founded the Nadathur Trust that supports companies investing in wildlife conservation and the strengthening of India’s social eco-system.

Our Senior Leaders

ajason

JASON ZVATORA

Chief Revenue Officer
ajo

JOANNA ONG

Group Vice President
Public Relations & Corporate
Communications
aSam

SAMANTHA LLEWELLYN

Group Vice President, Marketing
achris

CHRIS ELY

Vice President
Business Development & Asset
Management
aalex

ALEX BILLING

Regional Vice President
Operations, ANZ
ayqon

LEONG WAI KUEN

Senior Director
Human Resources
aalbert

ALBERT CHAN

Corporate Director
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