Former Rocket Internet JV Asia Pacific CFO, Jatin Detwani, has joined theAsianparent to lead its Corporate Finance, Commercial and Strategy function. This appointment follows theAsianparent’s other recent senior hire of former Dentsu Aegis Network (DAN) China CEO Susana Tsui as CEO of Media last month.
Jatin brings to the team more than 15 years of global experience through working directly with technology companies - having founded and led many reputable start-ups. Prior to joining theAsianparent, Jatin was the former Asia Pacific Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Rocket Internet JV, where he managed over 15 businesses in the Asia Pacific region, and Chief Financial Officer of GEM Eduventures in London - the investment arm of GEMS Education group investing in funds and technology start-ups globally.
Jatin also had stints that developed his acumen for commercial strategy, investment, corporate finance and strategy development at companies like Ernst & Young and Accenture Management Consulting. In his new role at theAsianparent, Jatin will implement and drive new strategic, commercial and tech initiatives to propel the business towards US$100 million revenue within the next few years, which includes financial improvements, transformation and implementation of various technology and product related strategies for the company.
Ying Communications, a Finn Partners Company and a leading B2B PR and Marketing firm, has promoted Joyce Liong to General Manager for Ying Marketing, effective 1 December 2019.
Ying Marketing is a business unit within Ying that provides digital marketing research and insights, marketing strategy and planning, content marketing, demand generation and account-based marketing programs, campaign management, as well as marketing analytics and optimization.
Joyce joined Ying as Director of Client Services in September 2016 and takes over from John Yan, who held the role for four years. John will remain with the company until end of 2019 to ensure a smooth transition.
A results-oriented and client-focused marketing communications leader, Joyce works with some of the world’s largest MNCs to help them connect with audiences, tell their brand story and make smart marketing decisions. She has over 20 years of experience working with international organizations, especially in the B2B conference and exhibition sector. These include several leading MICE leaders such as Terrapinn, Reed Exhibitions, Koelnmesse and SingEx Exhibitions, across diverse sectors covering technology, medical, environmental, maritime, media, arts, and financial services.
The Asia Pacific Effie Awards announced the appointment of David Porter, Vice President of Global Media at Unilever AAR (markets outside Europe and the Americas) as the Chairman for the 2020 edition of the Awards.
A marketing and communications guru, Porter possesses more than 40 years of industry experience in both agency and in-house capacities. Prior to joining Unilever in 2010, Porter spent 25 years in UK agencies before a 7-year stay in Asia Pacific with Mindshare where he managed the agency’s multimarket relationship with Unilever.
In his present role at Unilever, Porter oversees one of the largest media budgets in a diverse region spanning 14 time zones. He is responsible for driving the company’s innovation in communications channel planning to develop Unilever into a major force in digital marketing in the region.
Unilever currently holds the title as the Most Effective Marketer for the 2019 Effie Index, which ranks the companies with the most effective marketing communications ideas from around the world. This marked the sixth time that the company had been accorded the accolade since 2011. Porter chairs the World Federation of Advertisers Media Forum, APAC and the Mobile Marketing Association, APAC. He was also a Head of Jury at the 2018 APAC Effie Awards.
Klareco Communications, an award-winning strategic communications consultancy in Asia, welcomes two industry seniors into its fold.
With a focus on providing clarity in complex communications challenges across Asia, Klareco brings together proven industry leaders with the aim of becoming Asia’s powerhouse in strategic communications.
The Asia-based organisation co-founded by Shih-Huei and Managing Director Mark Worthington is now joined by communications veterans Yvonne Koh and Prisita Menon as Senior Directors of Klareco. Both Senior Directors will undergo a formal Partner appointment process, with a view to providing insight-driven communications counsel and reputation management for in-country, regional and international remits.
Yvonne is a global communications leader with more than two decades of experience in campaigns and communications across the Asia Pacific and U.S. markets. As a trusted veteran in the field, Yvonne has led agency and in-house teams in winning several regional industry awards. Her industry experience includes fintech, consumer packaged goods, retail, lifestyle, travel, hospitality, healthcare and government communications. Yvonne has also previously led both public affairs and consumer teams in regional and multinational companies. Her recent roles include Asia Pacific Head of Communications at PayPal, Managing Director of Southeast Asia at MSL Singapore, and Senior Vice President in MSL’s New York office.
Prisita comes with 13 years of communications experience in both in-house and agency roles. Her wealth of practice in professional services, financial communications, and fintech were drawn from her communications background in industries across asset management, property, government, micro-financing, financial services, and public affairs. She was most recently the Head of Cognito Singapore, where she was responsible for laying the firm’s foundational focus for its clients and expanding the team. She was also at the Ministry of Manpower for four years, where she worked on inter-governmental initiatives and worked closely with advertising agencies to drive awareness campaigns. In her early career at Ogilvy, Prisita honed her senses for integrated communications approaches through public and corporate sector 360 campaigns.
Jin Ooi has been appointed Director of Client Services at Huntington Communications. In his role, Jin will be responsible for a new department providing solutions-driven strategic consultation for brands undergoing transformation.
Jin brings with him more than 20 years of experience in agencies such as Dentsu, BBDO, DDB, Bates and Batey ads, and his appointment will strengthen Huntington Communications' core capabilities by building holistic marketing and brand consultancy verticals.
Digital specialist agency AnalogFolk has appointed Stephen Pill as their new Strategy Director for Asia. Pill joins after 8 years at FITCH where he created award-winning digital experiences for international clients such as The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai Airports and Swire Properties.
The hire comes as AnalogFolk continues to strengthen their strategic capabilities with a focus on experience creation, data services that power successful customer experiences as well as their growing business in brand strategy, creation and re-branding for businesses that operate primarily online.
Pill’s experience spans Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the US and across multiple sectors including finance, FCMG, automotive, tech, retail, travel and hospitality. His track record is proven and impressive: he defined and launched MXP, FITCH’s retail technology platform which has seen great success in malls throughout China and most recently launched in K11 Musea in Hong Kong. Pill also drove Swire Properties connected online and in-mall shopping experiences at Cityplaza, Citygate Outlets and Pacific Place. In Singapore, Pill worked on the most intelligent store in Asia for Singtel. The result was a multi-award winning project, with an entirely new customer experience for their flagship store, resulting in a dynamic, responsive shopping experience. This led to the development of Singtel Unboxed, their first 100% un-staffed, experimental automated store, which can be found by visiting select locations around Singapore.
Gojek announced the appointment of George Do as Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). He will be responsible for the security of the company, including its portfolio of apps, products and services, as well as overall information security strategy and management of governance, risk and compliance.
George is a seasoned information and cyber security executive in the tech industry. He was most recently CISO at Equinix, a Nasdaq-listed real estate investment trust, where he worked for more than a decade and was accountable for the security of all of the company’s products and services, as well as that of the enterprise. The self-described “security evangelist” also developed and led Equinix’s first Global Information Security Programme to manage security risks across the global organisation.
Prior to Equinix, George held security leadership roles at several tech companies including CenturyLink, TiVo, Exodus and Savvis. George also worked as an Information Security Engineer at NASA (the National Aeronautics and Space Administration), during which he was based at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California and tasked with investigating security incidents and protecting government information assets.
George is currently an advisor to YL Ventures, a California-based venture capital firm that supports cyber-security entrepreneurs. He also serves on customer advisory boards at various cybersecurity firms such as Palo Alto Networks, and is a thought leader and active speaker at cyber-security industry events.
Bringing extensive experience to the business, George assumed his position at Gojek with effect from September 2019. He reports to Ajey Gore, Gojek Group Chief Technology Officer, and is based in Singapore, having moved there from San Francisco with his family.
Independent global digital creative agency AnalogFolk has appointed Guy Wieynk as Global CEO.
In the role, Wieynk will partner with Co-Founders Bill Brock and Matt Dyke to continue to grow the network. Wieynk’s focus will be on evolving AnalogFolk’s international service offering, with Brock leading global business development efforts and Dyke heading up global strategy and product output.
With a proven track record in international growth, Wieynk will oversee the network’s 350 people across offices in London, New York, Portland, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Sydney. The appointment signals AnalogFolk’s commitment to increasing connectivity and collaboration between its offices to better serve its global clients, including Nike, Unilever, L’Oreal, Hyundai and Diageo.
As part of the deal AnalogFolk will acquire Serum Consulting, the eight-person creative consultancy that specialises in growth, proposition development and digital transformation services which was launched by Wieynk earlier this year.
Prior to founding Serum Consulting, Wieynk was UK and Western Europe CEO at Publicis Worldwide. He led the turnaround of Publicis UK including adding clients such as Virgin Cruises, Huawei, Morrisons, Heineken and the IOC to the roster. He was also the Global Client lead for Heineken running the network’s creative, media and technology agencies across 150+ markets. Groundbreaking work included No More Excuses, the data-led campaign starring José Mourinho and Worlds Apart, Heineken’s most successful ever UK campaign with over 35 million views on Facebook and YouTube. Before joining Publicis Groupe, he spent seventeen years building AKQA the global digital agency. Over his tenure he held a variety of senior roles in the UK, US, Asia and Europe. In his final role, Wieynk was International VP, trebled the agency’s revenue, opened five offices and won over 300 major awards, including 18 ‘Agency of the Year’ titles.
The acquisition and appointment follows AnalogFolk’s recent announcement that it is boosting its service innovation credentials, with the agency also making substantial investments in their data intelligence capabilities earlier this year.
NTT Ltd., the world-leading global technology services provider, announces Dimension Data, NTT Communications, NTT Security and Training Partners will join 28 other companies and brands from over 70 countries and region worldwide, rebranding as NTT, the global US $11 billion technology services company.
NTT Ltd. in Singapore will be led by Naoki Wakai as CEO, Singapore for NTT Ltd. He will be responsible for making sure the country meets the ambitious objectives of NTT Ltd. and its clients. He reports to ASEAN CEO for NTT Ltd, Kim-Meng Png.
Based in Singapore, Png will be responsible for the company’s strategic development and operations across Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and the Philippines. He reports to John Lombard, Asia Pacific CEO for NTT Ltd.
When launched on 1 July 2019, NTT Ltd. brought together 40,000 people from brands, including Dimension Data, DTSI, Emerio, NTT Communications, NTT Security, and Training Partners into one company. The company will partner with over 10,000 clients around the world, including leading organizations across financial services, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, energy and utilities, manufacturing, automotive and technology sectors. In becoming NTT, NTT Ltd. in Singapore will be able to offer its clients an unparalleled range of skills and capabilities across many technologies.
The brands that will be combined over a phased period to form NTT Ltd. include; Arkadin, CAPSiDE, Communications Lifecycle Management (CLM), DPA, DTSI Group, Emerio, e-shelter, Euricom, e2y, Global IP Network (GIN), Gyron, Netmagic Solutions, NTT Communications Cloud Infrastructure Services (NTT Com CIS), NTT Communications Managed Services, NTT Global Networks, NTT Indonesia Nexcenter (NTTI Nexcenter), Oakton, RagingWire, Secure-24, SQL Services, Symmetry, Training Partners, Transatel, Viiew and WhiteHat Security.
iPrice Group, South East Asia's leading product discovery and comparison platform, recently appointed Paul Brown-Kenyon as its President and Chief Operating Officer.
Prior to his appointment at iPrice Group, Paul Brown-Kenyon was the Chief Executive Officer of Global Berhad (MEASAT Satellite Systems Sdn Bhd.) for more than 13 years. Brown-Kenyon joined MEASAT in 2003 as Vice President of Sales and Marketing and has been in the South East Asian region for 15 years. Prior to being CEO of MEASAT, Brown-Kenyon has spent six years employed with the global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company.
By the end of 2018, iPrice Group achieved profitability for the first time since its founding in 2014 and remains single-minded in establishing itself as a sustainable e-commerce company in the long term. In the same year, iPrice Group welcomed NAVER Corp., a leading search engine, shopping and price comparison engine in South Korea as its latest investor. NAVER’s direct investment comes only three months after it’s subsidiary’s VC arm, LINE Ventures, led iPrice’s funding round in 2018.
iPrice Group is South East Asia’s leading meta-search platform, serving markets in Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Philippines, Singapore, and Hong Kong.