Dato’ Edwin Tan, Deputy Group Managing Director of Hatten Group, is a meticulous, far-sighted leader. With a background in both macro and micro-Finance, Property Development and Hospitality Dato’ Edwin foresaw the boom in Melaka’s tourism industry back in 2004, taking on an abandoned project in Melaka and turning it into the retail giant named Dataran Pahlawan Melaka Megamall. He went on to boldly spearhead Hatten Group’s first venture into the city’s fledgling hospitality industry. His intuition paid off when in April 2012, Hatten Hotel Melaka, the Group’s first hotel development, opened its doors to an unprecedented influx of over 11 million visitors to the historical city of Melaka that year alone.
Growing up in Singapore, Dato’ Edwin completed his tertiary education with a degree in Finance, from the University of Dublin. He developed his passion in the property sector when still a youth, inspired by infinite opportunities that a building could affect the lives of people – be it an office block, a hospital, a theme park or a home. When the opportunity came for him to start a Developer company in Melaka with his brother Dato’ Colin Tan, he boldly took up the challenge with their flagship project, Dataran Pahlawan Melaka Megamall. The duo carved out a multi-faceted portfolio under the Hatten banner within 10 years in the industry. As Deputy GMD of Hatten Group, Dato’ Edwin Tan’s goal is to elevate the standard of living with each new project through the Group’s burgeoning Property, Hospitality, Lifestyle and Mall Management divisions.
Today, the international multi-award winning Hatten Group can boast of the largest megamall in Melaka – Dataran Pahlawan Melaka Megamall, the largest premier hotel in Melaka – Hatten Hotel with 704 deluxe suites and Alto Sky Lounge, the city’s first premier rooftop sky lounge.
Following the Group’s early success, it went on to launch the iconic 25-acre mixed development along the coast of Melaka – Hatten City. Phase 1 of Hatten City will house the multi-award winning Elements Mall with the first of its kind Mini Melaka and the Chocolate Factory Theme Park. It will also be home to the tallest building in Melaka, SilverScape Luxury Residences, standing at 45-storeys high. Adding to the value of the development is the entry of the first DoubleTree by Hilton which will take up a 250 unit tower block and another 500-unit Hatten Suites hotel.
Always ahead of the pack, Dato’ Edwin is keen to brand the Group as a dynamic, innovative corporation. His philosophy is that Hatten Group must be flexible to adapt to the changing times, catering to both the older and younger generations. He is constantly updating the Group’s online presence with state of the art tech-features and social media platforms such as Facebook, WeChat, Youtube, Instagram, blogs and the latest apps. His latest effort is the Hatten Connex – a revolutionary new residential mobile application which gives residents the convenience of 24 hour facilities booking, bill payment, security features, information updates, account tracking and many more. With each move, Dato’ Edwin hopes to enhance and enrich the lives of people.
On a larger arena, Dato’ Edwin is leading a taskforce that is looking into penetrating Myanmar, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and China. He has also led the Group to sign exclusive Management Agreements with international hotel chains such as Hilton Worldwide and Marriott International. Retail-wise, he has brought some of the most renowned international brands to Melaka. By year 2020, it is targeted that a total of 5,000 retail units and 8,000 hotel rooms across Malaysia will be built and managed under the Hatten Group making it one of the largest commercial conglomerates in South East Asia.
With a hands-on management style, keen analytical skills and a particular eye for detail, Dato’ Edwin is a firm yet compassionate leader. Always ready with valuable input on all aspects of strategic planning and operational management, he is constantly seeking out the latest industry trends to better understand global movements that affect his businesses. He believes that to succeed, one must keep “adapting to the changing times”. This is his personal as well as business motto which has helped him to always stay one step ahead of the competition in terms of technology, design concepts and product quality. This has served to propel not only a successful career and track record in the property industry, but also contributed to Hatten Group’s prominence as a pioneer and industry leader in less than 10 years of its incorporation.
Also known as an entrepreneur with a heart, Dato’ Edwin is also best known for his compassion and belief in giving back to society. He established Hatten Cares in 2009, coining the slogan A Better Tomorrow Starts With Us, as the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) pillar of the Group. Hatten Cares has grown as a support organisation for the local community in Melaka. This has seen him win the Hoffen Award at the SME One Asia Awards 2014 for Corporate Social Responsibility. It is Dato’ Edwin’s tireless humanitarian efforts that is a motivating factor to all members of the Hatten Team.
As set out by Dato’ Edwin himself, Hatten Group’s mission statement is, ‘Committed to delivering value for our stakeholders and pioneering new markets, we strive to be innovators in all our core industries while maintaining our focus on building the community parallel with our business goals.’ Dato’ Edwin has been at top of his game in ensuring that the Group continues to establish its presence in the highly competitive development industry. His future plans include expanding the Hatten Group hotel portfolio to 10 hotel chains in Malaysia by year 2020 (6,000 hotel rooms in Melaka; 2,000 rooms across other states in Malaysia).
Dato’ Edwin said the best part of his job is the conceptualisation of new ways to redefine the Group’s portfolio with new project ideas, concepts and designs while enriching the lives of the local society and corporate partners. He insists on “incorporating our business goals with a more CSR, community-based approach”, to create a more meaningful, holistic and sustainable objective in all of the Group’s proceedings. This is in keeping with Hatten’s Vision of ‘Building Tomorrow Together’.