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Skal International Bangkok elects its first female president in 68 years

Kanokros Wongvekin

Skal International Bangkok marks a historic moment, electing Kanokros Wongvekin as its first-ever female President during the vibrant 2024 AGM.

Skal International Bangkok elected the first Female President ever in 68 years at the Vibrant Annual General Meeting 2024

Skal International Bangkok, a vibrant hub of hospitality and tourism professionals, announced the results of its Annual General Meeting held at the Hyatt Regency Sukhumvit Bangkok. This momentous occasion saw the election of Kanokros Wongvekin as the first-ever female President of Skal International Bangkok.

Kanokros, alongside the newly appointed Executive Committee Members, brings a fresh perspective and renewed energy to the organization.

Group Photo

Group photo shows from left to right are :-
– Pichai Visutriratana, Director of Events, Skal International Bangkok
– Sammy Carolus, General Manager of Hyatt Regency Bangkok Sukhumvit, member of Skal International Bangkok and the host for the event
– Max Ma, Membership Director, Skal International Bangkok
– Marvin Bemand, Vice President of Skal International Bangkok
– Kanokros Wongvekin, new President of Skal International Bangkok
– James Thurbly, President of Skal International Thailand
– Nyanika Chansrichawla, Director of Public Relations, Skal International Bangkok
– Dr. Scott Smith, Young Skal Director, Skal International Bangkok
– Samantha Lauver-Marion, Young Skal Director, Skal International Bangkok
– Andrew J. Wood, Vice President, Skal International Bangkok
– John Neutze , Treasurer of Skal International Bangkok

Under the progressive leadership of James Thurlby, former President of Skal International Bangkok, who has recently ascended to the President of Skal International Thailand, the Executive Committee orchestrated a memorable luncheon event and the Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the stunning Spectrum Rooftop restaurant. The event, graciously hosted by Sammy Carolus, General Manager of Hyatt Regency Bangkok Sukhumvit, marked a significant milestone in Skal Bangkok’s illustrious journey since its establishment in 1956.

Kanokros Wongvekin’s election as President signifies a moment of progress and inclusivity for Skal International Bangkok. Her visionary leadership, coupled with the dedication of the Executive Committee, promises to steer the organization towards greater heights of success and impact within the hospitality and tourism industry.

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Andrew J Wood was born in Yorkshire England, he is a former hotelier, Skalleague and travel writer. Andrew has 48 years of hospitality and travel experience. Educated at Batley Grammar School and a hotel graduate of Napier University, Edinburgh. Andrew started his career in London, working with various hotels. His first posting overseas was with Hilton International, in Paris, and he later arrived in Asia in 1991 on Bangkok with his appointment as Director of Marketing at the Shangri-La Hotel and has remained in Thailand ever since. Andrew has also worked with the Royal Garden Resort Group now Anantara (Vice President) and the Landmark Group of Hotels (Vice President of Sales and Marketing). Latterly he has been the General Manager at the Royal Cliff Group of Hotels in Pattaya and the Chaophya Park Hotel Bangkok & Resorts.

A past board member and Director of Skål International (SI), a former National President with SI Thailand and a two time past President of the Bangkok Club. Andrew is the former President of Skål Asia. In 2019, Andrew was awarded SKÅL’s highest award the distinction of Membre D’Honneur.

He is a regular guest lecturer at various Universities in Asia.