Tao is currently overseeing the Hotels & Hospitality Group’s advisory, asset management and investment sales activities across Greater China. He is also a member of the business’ executive committee. Together with the existing hotel investment sales team, Tao will assist investors looking to tap into the largest domestic travel market in the world.
Experience & Education
Tao recently joined JLL from Huatian International Hotel Management Co., Ltd., where he served as its General Manager. He has also held the role of President at Country Garden Hotel Group and CEO of Luneng Group Hotel Management Co. Before moving back to China at the end of 2012, Tao worked for nearly six years at the hotel asset management division of Morgan Stanley Capital in Japan, and over 16 years in the areas of hotel operation and asset management in North America.
During his 30 years career globally, Tao has been overseeing and asset-managing close to 200 hotels including many international branded hotels such as Four Seasons, Ritz Carlton, JW Marriott, Westin, Marriott, Conrad, Hilton, InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Mercure, Novotel, Ramada, Hyatt, and ANA Hotels. He has been also heavily involved in activities such as acquisition, investment, refinancing and disposition.
He is the founder and President of the Hotel Asset Management Association (HAMA) in China, and was previously on the HAMA board in Japan. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Shanghai International Studies University in China and an MBA from Queen’s University of Canada. Tao is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and a Certified Hotel Asset Manager (CHAM). Tao speaks fluently in Chinese, English, Japanese and basic German, French.