Established in 2013, Cachet Hotels & Resorts, a Hong Kong-based management company, is a socially responsible and innovative hospitality company that specializes in hotel and restaurant brand development, management and franchising services. Drawing on the 75 years of hospitality experience within its senior management team, and placing innovation, luxury, personalization and social responsibility at the core of its business model, Cachet Hotels & Resorts aims to be a company that redefines hospitality excellence.
David Laris, Chief Creative Officer, Cachet Hospitality Group
David Laris is Chief Creative Officer and President of Wahlburgers Asia Pacific JV. He is responsible for all creative execution of the CHG brand globally and oversees brand and marketing for the hotel and dining and nightlife offerings.
David’s name has become synonymous with the constant shaping and redefining of the food and beverage industry in China. Having spent his childhood between Australia and Greece, Laris started his love affair with food at an early age. At 16, he launched his career with a classic French apprenticeship in his native Sydney. He initially gained acclaim in London while heading up Mezzo, Sir Terence Conran’s flagship restaurant. Arriving in Shanghai in 2003, he launched his namesake restaurant, Laris at Three on the Bund, which quickly became a landmark in the city’s contemporary fine-dining scene.
Laris’s diverse culinary approach and commitment to service and hospitality has led to numerous awards and accolades. Besides his own restaurant creations, Laris has developed original food and beverage concepts for several renowned international brands, including Baccarat, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Dunhill and Swire Hotel Group. His web-based cooking show, “Dining with David & Sarah,” has established him as China’s most famous western chef.
Martin Key, Chief Financial Officer, Cachet Hotel Group
Martin Key has held a variety of finance leadership roles in both China and the U.S. Before joining Cachet Hospitality Group, he served as executive director for ARC China, a Shanghai-based private-equity firm focused on investments in consumer-oriented Chinese companies. Key began his career as an investment banker in debt capital markets at J.P. Morgan Securities in New York, where he executed credit-facility, term-loan and corporate-bond transactions. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a Master of Science in Finance from Boston College, as well as an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.