Airbnb, Clifford Chance announce new appointments; Grab PH head to step down

FILE PHOTO - People wait for the start of ride-hailing company Grab's fifth anniversary news conference in Singapore June 6, 2017. REUTERS/Edgar Su/File Photo

Airbnb has appointed Amanpreet Bajaj its general manager for India, Southeast Asia, Hong Kong and Taiwan while Grab’s Philippines president Brian Cu is set to step down in August.

International law firm Clifford Chance has appointed Connie Heng to lead its Asia Pacific regional practice.

Airbnb appoints GM for India, SEA, HK and Taiwan

Airbnb has appointed Amanpreet Bajaj as its general manager (GM) for India, Southeast Asia, Hong Kong and Taiwan, according to an announcement.

In this ]role, he will be responsible for driving Airbnb’s strategy and long-term growth in some of the fastest-growing destinations in the Asia-Pacific.

Bajaj is credited with playing an essential role in the growth of Airbnb in India, where he has been the country manager since 2015.

Before joining Airbnb, he co-founded Letsbuy.com in 2010, which was acquired by Flipkart in 2012.

“After a truly enriching five years at Airbnb, I am thrilled to take on an expanded challenge to ensure the long-term growth of Southeast Asia, Hong Kong and Taiwan — some of the world’s most popular travel destinations,” said Bajaj.

Grab Philippines president to step down

Grab Philippines president Brian Cu is set to step down from the role next month, local media reported.

In his current role, he oversees Grab’s operations in the Southeast Asian country. He is understood to be moving on to focus on his other business interests as an entrepreneur.

Cu was the co-founder of Zalora Philippines and previously served as its managing director in the country. Before entering the startup space, he was a project leader at the Boston Consulting Group and tackled projects in strategy, sales and distribution, and marketing for various industries. 

Clifford Chance appoints APAC managing partner 

International law firm Clifford Chance has appointed Connie Heng to lead its Asia Pacific regional practice, according to an announcement.

The appointment will be effective on November 1.

Heng will assume the role from incumbent Geraint Hughes who will remain a partner in the firm.

She joined Clifford Chance in Hong Kong in 2000 and has been a partner at the firm since 2005. She is on the board of the Karen Leung Foundation, which aims to save lives by reducing the impact of gynaecological cancers in Hong Kong.

“I am very excited about the opportunity to lead the firm in a region that has emerged as an active player and driver of growth in the global economy. I am hugely proud of what we have achieved in recent years under Geraint’s leadership,” Heng said.

Clifford Chance is one of the world’s pre-eminent law firms with a range of resources across five continents.

Singapore Reporter/s

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).

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

  • 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.

Singapore Reporter/s

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).

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

  • 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.