MICHEL LU
EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN

Michel Lu is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Revolver Asia: a boutique corporate advisory that specialises in lifestyle businesses with a specific focus on the food & beverage sector.  With two decades of experience building companies, Michel combines robust, time-tested strategies with creative new ideas and opportunities to help clients grow into successful, profitable businesses.

By incorporating both consulting, business incubation and acceleration with business strategy as well as investment-related services, the company brings together an end-to-end suite of offerings to help clients and portfolio companies build value enhancement.

Over the course of his career, Michel has created multiple iconic brands and enduring businesses in the food & beverage and lifestyle sectors, constantly pushing the envelope with new business ideas and concepts. These include:

  • setting up and expanding the internationally-renowned Elite Model Management in Asia – with offices and projects in Hong Kong, Singapore, China, Indonesia, Korea and more.

  • conceptualising and operating iconic food & beverage and lifestyle businesses such as the multi-concept dining venue Privé, as well as award-winning dance clubs Centro, Lola and Stereolab.

  • new mass premium food & beverage concept Foodology and Foodology Catering. Based in Singapore’s Marina Bay Financial Centre, it provides a range of gourmet food at everyday prices.

  • creating and hosting the only officially sanctioned Formula One Lounge in the world, in collaboration with Tamara Ecclestone, daughter of Formula One Management founder Bernie Ecclestone.

  • managing the ultra luxe VIP Paddock Club at the Singapore Grand Prix alongside international celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.

  • managing high-profile events such as the Jewel of Muscat arrival ceremony for the Oman Royal family in conjunction with Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

  • specialised artiste and audience catering for events such as SINGfest 2010, Laneway Festival, Eric Clapton, Chicago, Jennifer Lopez, Kylie Minogue.

His work has earned him many awards and accolades. In 2007, he was included in the annual “Power List” by Singapore newspaper The Straits Times. Three years later, he received the Spirit of Enterprise Award 2010 for “inspiring fellow Singaporeans”.

In 2012, Michel was invited to judge the Yahoo! Singapore 9 Awards celebrating outstanding Singaporeans in the area of Business, Social Enterprise or Entertainment. Currently, Michel also serves as a business mentor with the Singapore Management University.


THIO GWAN CHOON
HEAD OF FINANCE / COMPLIANCE

Gwan Choon is a highly regarded finance professional, having a successful track record and broad business management experience in banking, stockbroking and investment.

Starting his career at Citibank, Gwan Choon moved to stockbroking at Lim & Tan and was appointed CEO of AMS Securities in 1996. By 2003, Gwan Choon was managing high valued funds for Prima, then a listed company. He also founded Technopreneur AngelVentures and secured numerous fund raising deals for start-ups & SMEs.

More recently, Gwan Choon’s wealth of experience has seen him being appointed as advisor and CFO across different industries, such as Life Exchange & Vitamin Research Asia and the Thai Express group. Notably in 2009, he was instrumental in securing the successful sale of the Thai Express group.