People Digest: Bruno Morel quits VP Bank; Smile Group gets new CEO

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VP Bank Ltd’s Singapore branch chief Bruno Morel has decided to step down from his position due to personal reasons while an ex-Zilingo executive has joined Singapore-based Smile Group.

Bruno Morel steps down as CEO of VP Bank Singapore

VP Bank Ltd’s Singapore branch chief executive officer Bruno Morel has decided to step down from the position due to personal reasons.

Morel, who assumed the role in March 2017, has led the expansion of VP Bank Group’s Asian business activities.

VP Bank’s head of investment advisory and treasury Asia, Thomas Rupf, will assume the role of the CEO on an interim basis with immediate effect.

With a presence in Singapore since 2008, it is the Asian branch of the Liechtenstein-based VP Bank Group. It provides wealth management solutions and family office services for high net worth clients and asset managers.

Ex-Zilingo exec joins Smile Group as CEO

Singapore-based tech group Smile Group has named ex-Zilingo executive Billy Naveed as its CEO, TechinAsia reported.

Naveed worked at Singapore-based fashion platform Zilingo for two years as head of strategy.

Before that, he has served stints at Morgan Stanley in London and Hong Kong and in Credit Suisse.

Smile Group partners with entrepreneurial talent to build internet and technology-enabled businesses. The Smile Group also invests in early-stage and late-stage internet businesses.

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.