People Digest: RedDoorz names new board members; Kazuki Kusaka joins MTS Health

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Online budget hotel booking platform RedDoorz has named two new board members while MTS Health Partners, a New York-based investment bank, has hired Kazuki Kusaka, former head of Lazard in Japan, as a partner.

RedDoorz beefs up board with key appointments

Online budget hotel booking platform RedDoorz has beefed up its board with the appointment of Bhanu Chopra as an independent director and Philip Wolf as a board advisor.

The appointment comes as RedDoorz, which operates in close to 10 cities in Indonesia, plans to expand into nine more cities in the next 12 months and soon enter the Philippine market.

Chopra, founder of RateGain in 2004, is recognized as one of South Asia’s thought leaders in the travel and hospitality software-as-a-service industry. He was previously at Deloitte Consulting in India where he worked on large Enterprise Resource Planning implementations for Fortune 500 companies, RedDoorz said in a statement.

Wolf, on the other hand, is the founder of Phocuswright, a travel, tourism, and hospitality intelligence source.

“Sitting on the board, both their experience will prove vital in helping us shape our city-to-city strategy we are taking with the brand as we continue growing in Indonesia and soon, into the Philippines,” Amit Saberwal, Founder & CEO, RedDoorz, said.

Kazuki Kusaka joins MTS Health Partners

Kazuki Kusaka, formerly head of healthcare practice for Lazard in Japan for 10 years, has joined MTS Health Partners, a healthcare-focused New York-based investment bank, as a partner.

In a statement, MTS said Kusaka joins the bank’s leadership team of 11 partners and will build and lead MTS’ practice on the ground in Japan.

“We have been eyeing the growing prominence of Japanese pharma and emerging biotech companies on both the global stage as well as intra-Japan for quite some time, and knew we needed to find the right leader to develop our presence,” said Andrew Weisenfeld, managing partner of MTS.

As Lazard’s head in Japan, Kusaka provided M&A advisory services to Japanese healthcare companies with a major focus on cross-border transactions. Prior to Lazard, he was a managing director and the head of Asia Healthcare Group at Lehman Brothers for seven years.

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