People Digest: Finder names chief growth officer; Knight Frank appoints Apac exec

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Global fintech Finder and property consultancy Knight Frank have made senior appointments.

Finder appoints chief growth officer

Global fintech player Finder has named Jinnee Lim as Chief Growth Officer, Southeast Asia, with immediate effect. Lim will work closely to identify and pursue new growth opportunities in the region. Her immediate focus will be ramping up Finder’s key capabilities in content creation, marketing and partnerships.

This appointment follows the company’s recent purchase of the GoBear brand across seven markets – Singapore, Hong Kong SAR, Vietnam, Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia.

Lim comes from GoBear, where she was the Chief Strategy Officer and was involved in the sale of the marketplace assets to Finder. She has more than 15 years of experience in corporate strategy, business development and strategic transformation.

Prior to GoBear, Lim has worked with UBS AG most recently as the Asia Pacific head of client programmes & segments.

Knight Frank appoints head of Apac corporate real estate

Global property consultancy Knight Frank has appointed Dan Whitmore as head of corporate real estate, Asia-Pacific, at its regional headquarters in Singapore, according to an announcement.

He will be responsible for developing the firm’s corporate real estate service offering across the Asia-Pacific business.

Before joining Knight Frank, Whitmore has run Cushman & Wakefield’s Asia-Pacific Integrated Portfolio Management and Client Solutions business lines.

“It’s an exciting time to join Knight Frank on the back of the expansion of its corporate real estate team, which has been driving strong results in the generation of new client wins. I was drawn to Knight Frank due to their comprehensive geographical coverage across the Asia-Pacific region and their truly client-first approach,” said Dan Whitmore, head of corporate real estate, Asia-Pacific.  

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.