People Digest: Carousell appoints HR head; Appier adds new board member

Singapore-based online marketplace Carousell announced on Tuesday that it has appointed Jennifer Lim as Head of People while SoftBank-backed Appier has announced the appointment of Dr Lee Feng Chien to its board of directors.

Singapore’s Carousell appoints Head of People

Singapore-based online marketplace Carousell announced on Tuesday that it has appointed Jennifer Lim as Head of People.

Her appointment follows Carousell’s recent merger with 701Search. Jennifer will lead efforts in operational excellence, talent strategy, M&A integration to harmonise operations and company culture across Carousell Group.

She will report to co-founder and CEO Siu Rui Quek.

“With Jennifer’s extensive experience in scaling talent, engagement and synergy across complex global organisations, we can focus on realising the full potential of our people, and reimagining classifieds for our users,” said Siu Rui Quek.

Before joining Carousell, Jennifer was Chief People Officer at Video-on-Demand service HOOQ, and Human Resources Director, APAC at Nike where she led numerous complex organisational transformation efforts to support Nike’s growth objectives for their APAC Apparel office based out of Hong Kong, almost doubling their revenue over five years.

Last September, Carousell appointed Igor Volynskiy as chief technology officer. It had earlier appointed Lewis Ng as its chief commercial officer.

SoftBank-backed Appier adds new board member

Appier, a Taiwanese artificial intelligence firm backed by SoftBank Group Corp, has announced the appointment of Dr Lee Feng Chien to its board of directors.

Dr Chien is a veteran of the technology industry and is well known for his expertise in AI, data search and processing and natural language processing (NLP).

He was most recently at the helm of Google Taiwan, where he supervised growth and operations as Managing Director for 14 years.

He joins Appier’s board as an independent member following his recent retirement from Google.

Appier, founded in 2012 by Chia Yung Su, Chih Han Yu, and Winnie Lee, offers an AI product aimed at helping enterprises process enormous amounts of data to identify patterns and make intelligent decisions.

In November 2019, the AI firm raised $80 million in a Series D funding round to accelerate its global expansion.

It raised $33 million in its Series C funding round in 2017 from SoftBank Group Corp, LINE Corporation, NAVER Corporation, Singapore-based EDBI, and Hong Kong-based AMTD Group.

 

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.