People Digest: ONE Championship names China president, Carsome names chief data officer

Two fighters in a mixed martial arts (MMA) competition

ONE Championship has named ex-Disney executive Annie Li as its China president, while car e-commerce platform Carsome has appointed ex-iflix executive Piyush Palkar as its chief data officer.

Annie Li is ONE Championship’s China president

Asian mixed martial arts (MMA) media property ONE Championship has appointed Annie Li as the president of its China business. Li will be based in Beijing and will oversee ONE Championship’s expansion in the Chinese market across its various verticals — broadcasting, events, esports, apparel, and others.

Prior to ONE Championship, Li spent seven years as president at the culture and entertainment division of China Fortune Land Development. She has also had stints at lifestyle and sports brands like Conde Nast, NBA China, Disney, ABC Television, and Reach Glory Communications.

“We are excited to have Annie join us as president of our China business. Her years of leadership experience and diverse background in sports, media, and entertainment will help ONE take our growth to the next level, and enable us to better serve our Chinese athletes, fans, and partners with our world class brand of sports and entertainment,” said Hua Fung Teh, group president at ONE Championship.

ONE Championship is backed by investors such as Sequoia Capital, Temasek, and GIC. The sports media brand hosts MMA fights such as Muay Thai, kickboxing, karate, silat, and others, which it says is broadcasted to over 2.7 billion potential viewers across 150 countries globally.

Carsome appoints Piyush Palkar as chief data officer

Malaysia-based car e-commerce platform Carsome has appointed Piyush Palkar as its new chief data officer.

According to a statement, Palkar will lead Carsome’s data maturity, data engineering and management, machine learning, and AI-based data-driven innovations, data intelligence, and analytics at the firm. The use of data supports a variety of functions at Carsome, including auction and market data, vehicle pricing optimisation, and inventory support.

Prior to Carsome, Palkar was the head of data at the video-on-demand service iflix and subsequently WeTV iflix, which was part of Tencent Holdings, which acquired iflix. He will report to Carsome’s group CEO Eric Cheng in his new role.

Founded in 2015, Carsome is one of Southeast Asia’s largest car e-commerce platforms, with operations in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, and Singapore. It offers end-to-end solutions to consumers and used car dealers, from car
inspection to ownership transfer and financing.

The firm added that it is on track to hit an annualised $1 billion in revenue by the end of the second quarter this year. It also expects to complete a number of acquisitions in the next six months.

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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. 
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