People Digest: Singapore’s Gaylin, Indonesia’s Kaskus appoint new CEOs

Photo: Gaylin website

In the latest people news in the region, Singapore rigging and lifting solutions company Gaylin Holdings Limited has recruited Perry Kennedy as its new CEO  while Indonesia’s largest online platform Kaskus has named COO Edi Taslim as CEO.

Singapore’s Gaylin recruits new CEO

Singapore rigging and lifting solutions company Gaylin Holdings Limited (Gaylin) has announced the appointment of Perry Kennedy as its new CEO.

In an official statement, Gaylin, whose services are in the offshore oil & gas marine sectors, said that the appointment will be effective immediately and Kennedy will be based out of the firm’s Singapore headquarters. He takes over from founder Desmond Teo, who recently stepped down and has become a special adviser to the Chairman.

Having led organizations across western Europe, the US, and South East Asia, Kennedy comes with global leadership experience across the offshore and marine support industries. Among the companies he has held senior executives roles in are GulfMark Offshore, Cable and Wireless and McDermott.

Last month, ShawKwei & Partners, an Asian private equity fund manager focusing on mid-market control investments, purchased $52 million (SGD68 million) in new Gaylin shares for a 76% ownership in the marine services firm

Indonesian online platform Kaskus names COO Edi Taslim as CEO

Indonesia’s largest online portal Kaskus has officially announced the appointment of COO Edi Taslim as the company’s new CEO to replace former CEO On Lee.

Taslim joined Kaskus as COO in November 2017 with leadership experience from a number of ventures, most notably at digital advertisement startup ProPS, where he was founder and CEO. He previously worked at Indonesia’s leading news company Kompas.

On Lee, meanwhile, will focus on his other roles as CEO & CTO of GDP Labs, as CTO of GDP Venture.

Kaskus is backed by GDP Venture, the venture capital arm of cigarette manufacturer Djarum Group. The online platform holds a number of digital business units including automotive marketplace Garasi.id, which was launched in August 2017.

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In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

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  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.