People Digest: WeWork appoints Balder Tol as GM; Shiprocket names Amit Bhatia as VP

Balder Tol, WeWork General Manager, Australia and Southeast Asia

Co-work space operator WeWork and logistics aggregator Shiprocket have made top-level hires.

WeWork appoints Balder Tol as general manager in SEA

Co-working space operator WeWork on Monday announced the promotion of Balder Tol to General Manager, Australia and Southeast Asia (SEA). This announcement also aligns with WeWork’s enterprise members’ growth in SEA, WeWork said in a statement.

As WeWork’s first Australian hire in 2016, Tol’s member-first approach grew Australia’s membership to over 12,000 across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.  

In his new role, WeWork said Tol will continue to be based in Sydney and oversee WeWork SEA  (Singapore, Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand), in addition to Australia. He will report to Samit Chopra, managing director, International (Strategy and Operations) based in Singapore. 

Prior to WeWork, Tol was General Manager of Tank Stream Labs and a founding team member of Airbnb Australia. Tol holds a Masters in Management from the University of Sydney.

Shiprocket appoints Amit Bhatia as marketing V-P 

New Delhi-based logistics aggregator Shiprocket has recently onboarded Amit Bhatia as the vice-president for its marketing division, the company said in a statement on Tuesday.

Shiprocket is backed by Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm Tribe Capital and March Capital. Bhatia will be responsible for developing and implementing a cohesive marketing plan to increase customer base, improve brand awareness and scale performance marketing to achieve hyper-growth.

Prior to joining Shiprocket, he served online marketplace Droom as senior director for marketing. Aside from Droom, he has also been associated with Times Internet and BannerBuzz.

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.