People Digest: Dole, RHB Bank Group strengthen leadership

FILE PHOTO: Malaysia's RHB Bank logo is seen at its branch in Kuala Lumpur September 4, 2013. REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad/File Photo

Dole Asia Holdings has roped in Barbara Guerpillon to head Dole Ventures. Meanwhile, RHB Banking Group has appointed a new CEO for its subsidiary in Laos PDR.

Dole Asia Holdings appoints new head of Dole Ventures

Dole Asia Holdings, the fresh produce business owned by Japan’s Itochu Corporation, has appointed Barbara Guerpillon to head Dole Ventures, according to a press statement.

Guerpillon will be responsible for driving growth through startup-led innovations and the creation of entrepreneurial networks worldwide.

“We have given ourselves five years to deliver on our ambitious goals. These include providing sustainable nutrition for a billion people, the elimination of processed sugar from our products, zero fruit loss from our farms, zero emissions and zero fossil-based packaging,” said Pier Luigi Sigismondi, president at Dole Packaged Foods.

Prior to this, Guerpillon worked with Unilever Foundry, where she has piloted new technologies and product innovations. She has delivered 120 projects with startups that resulted in 25 pilots including nine product innovations, three retail innovations and four direct-to-consumer pilots.

RHB Bank Group appoints new CEO for Laos subsidiary

Malaysia’s RHB Banking Group has appointed Frankie Choong Seang Heng as the CEO of its subsidiary in Laos PDR, RHB Bank Lao Ltd, according to a press statement.

Prior to this appointment, Heng was the Deputy CEO of RHB Bank Lao since February this year. Before that, he was the branch manager of the Northern Region of Malaysia starting October 2015. In total, Choong has over 30 years of experience in branch management and operations.

With this appointment, Choong replaces Danny Ling Chii Hian, who has taken up a new role within the group’s retail banking in Malaysia.

The RHB Banking Group is the fourth largest fully integrated financial services group in Malaysia. Apart from Malaysia and Laos, RHB Banking Group is also present in Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Vietnam, and Myanmar.

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.