Whalar has officially opened an office in Singapore and plans more office openings to follow across the region in 2019.

The global full-service content and creative solution leverages proprietary technology to source digital native creators to commission, curate and deliver authentic, inspiring, fresh content. Inspired by their Chairman, Sir John Hegarty, Whalar is on a mission to ‘liberate the creative voice’ by connecting influential, digital native creators with large brands at scale.

mattWhalar’s value comes from their ability to enable brands to build relationships with authentic, digital native and influential creators and commission and create content at scale that ultimately allow them to tell their brand story in new and delightful ways. This new operating model allows brands to be continuously sourcing fresh and new ideas from the digital savvy creator community as well as reach and engage audiences with authenticity.

Matt Sutton, who has 15 years of experience in Asia building, managing, selling and integrating digital businesses, has joined Whalar’s global leadership team as CEO in Asia.

Launched in 2016 and an official Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat partner, Whalar has built strong creative talent and portfolios for some of the world’s leading and demanding brands and businesses including Unilever, HP, Samsung, Diageo, Apple, Dior and many more. The company is connecting over 200 brands by now with nearly 5,000 creators around the globe through teams in offices across London, New York, Los Angeles, Austin, Amsterdam, and now Singapore.

Global advertising technology leader The Trade Desk has announced the appointments of Mitch Waters and Troy Yang as Senior Vice Presidents of two key Asia Pacific regions. These appointments underline the importance of Asia Pacific for The Trade Desk’s growth strategy and the acceleration of programmatic advertising in the region.

mitchMitch Waters has been named Senior Vice President of South-East Asia, Australia and New Zealand (SEAANZ) for The Trade Desk. He is being promoted from his role as the General Manager of Australia and New Zealand, and will take over full responsibility for the new SEAANZ region, based in Singapore. Prior to joining The Trade Desk in 2017, Mitch was the Managing Director of AOL Platforms in Australia and New Zealand, and also worked at Adap.TV.

Troy Yang
has been named Senior Vice President of North Asia for The Trade Desk, based in Hong Kong. Troy, who joins The Trade Desk from Analytic Partners, brings deep experience working with advertisers across various markets and sectors to the new North Asia role, having also worked at Nielsen in Hong Kong and Shanghai. He will run The Trade Desk’s operations and growth strategy in the North Asia region, covering Greater China, South Korea and Japan.

Mitch and Troy join Matt Harty, Senior Vice President Asia Pacific, who oversees business development for both regions. This senior leadership team will further The Trade Desk’s continued growth as programmatic advertising in the region builds.

Franco LanVMware, Inc. announced the appointment of Franco Lan to the post of general manager, Hong Kong & Macau.

Franco will play a critical role in supporting VMware’s continual growth strategy and driving its leadership position in the compute, cloud, mobility, networking and security space to offer a dynamic and efficient digital foundation to Hong Kong’s technology industry.

With almost 30 years’ experience in Hong Kong and the regional IT industry, Franco has a robust track record in delivering outstanding results through overcoming challenging business development targets and driving his teams to excel in the areas of client-satisfaction and product-experience.

Possessing a broad understanding of the ecosystem of multi-cloud and hybrid IT, his experience extends to managing numerous aspects of the Hong Kong & Macau enterprise and commercial businesses. He was most recently a senior vice president of sales & marketing – iAdvantage at SUNeVision Holdings Limited. As a veteran sales management professional with a strong analytical and entrepreneurial mindset, Franco restructured the marketing effort through leveraging a new digital approach that led to reaching target audiences around the world. This was in addition to rebuilding the sales team and driving incremental business.

Google logo.svgFrom now on, it is no longer possible to actively participate in Google+.

Google will start deleting content after April 2, but till then users still have the opportunity to secure their Google+ content.

Google points out that it also deletes all photos and videos from Google+ that are stored in the Album Archive. If you want to secure this content, you should do so before April, however, photos and videos saved in the Google Photos image service won’t be deleted.

Since the deletion process will take a few months in total, it is possible that some content will still be available after April 2nd. For example, users may still be able to see parts of their Google+ account through the activity log.

Since February 4, 2019 the active operation of the network is closed. Users will no longer be able to create new profiles, pages, communities or events in Google+.