People Digest: Bukalapak names Willix Halim as CEO; Shopee ramps up hiring in S Korea

Willix Halim (Source: Bukalapak)

Willix Halim has been nominated by the commissioners of Indonesian B2B player Bukalapak as the new CEO. Meanwhile, Sea Ltd’s e-commerce division Shopee is hiring in South Korea.

Bukalapak nominates CEO, new directors

The commissioners of Bukalapak have nominated Willix Halim as the online marketplace’s new chief executive officer, the company said in a statement on Wednesday.

Bukalapak, which is listed on the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX), has also nominated Howard Nugraha Gani, the current CEO of PT Buka Mitra Indonesia, and Victor Putra Lesmana, the president of commerce and fintech at Bukalapak, to join the company’s board of directors.

Halim was named the interim chief executive following the resignation of his predecessor Rachmat Kaimuddin in December.

After joining Bukalapak as a chief operating officer in 2016, Halim has “played an important role” in growing the company to become a unicorn, corporate secretary Perdana A. Saputro, said in a separate filing to the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) on Wednesday. Halim took part in developing Mitra Bukalapak, touted to be the company’s main engine of growth, he said.

Bukalapak has also announced a plan to pick a stake in digital lender Bank Allo as part of efforts to support its Mitra business.

Shopee hires 40 employees in South Korea

Singapore-based Sea Ltd’s e-commerce division Shopee is ramping up hiring by onboarding 40 employees in South Korea, reflecting its move to boost expansion into the country.

A large majority of the jobs are for cross-border positions that support Korean merchants in reaching overseas markets.

Shopee has been seen expanding into new markets recently. Last August, it launched a recruitment campaign for vendors to sell on what it called “Shopee India” and is ramping up hiring in the country. It has also expanded into several Latin American countries such as Brazil.

Shopee, was launched in Singapore in 2015, and has since expanded its reach to Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, Indonesia, Vietnam, and the Philippines.

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.