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David Ling

Head Strategic Development, CDL Hospitality Trusts

David’s 25 years of experience spans from establishing and expanding new businesses, investment to professional activities in the hotel real estate industry with roles including CEO, senior executive and board member. He maintains excellent relationship with major industry players and has diverse geographic experience in markets across Asia Pacific and Europe.

As Head of Strategic Development, David is currently responsible for origination of strategic investment opportunities from the regional and international markets for CDL Hospitality Trusts (CDLHT). CDLHT is a leading hotel real estate investment and business trusts listed on the mainboard of Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited.

His passion and entrepreneurial spirit drove him to establish four new offices of HVS in Asia between 2004 and 2014 as its Chairman and CEO, as well as founded the largest and most influential hotel investment conferences in mainland China – the annual China Hotel Investment Conference. During his earlier career, David was a pioneer member instrumental in establishing Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels’ presence in Asia in the 1990s and early 2000s as its Senior Vice President, initially in Investment activities and subsequently heading its Advisory Services.