Singapore: Dating platform Paktor expands leadership team for growth beyond Asia

Visual of Paktor portal. 26 October 2015.

Singapore-based Paktor, which claims to be the leading mobile dating platform for singles in Taiwan and Southeast Asia, has added Jose Ruano and Miguel Mangas to the senior leadership team.

Based in Madrid, Spain, Ruano and Mangas will be spearheading Paktor’s global expansion plans as the director of international expansion and VP (Marketing) of international expansion respectively. With a combined three decades of experience, Jose and Miguel are poised to help Paktor replicate their success in Asia to new international markets.

Jose brings over 12 years of experience and expertise in launching and building Meetic in Spain and Portugal, where he served as director of marketing. Meetic is Europe’s largest dating platform and is part of the IAC/Match Group, alongside brands like Match.com, OKCupid and Tinder.

Beyond just the industry experience and social capital that they bring to the executive management team of Paktor in leading its international growth, they bring expertise in Spanish language markets and cultural literacy, given their foundation in the culture and background of international business.

According to a blog post on Udemy, Spanish is one of the most popular languages in the world, with approximately 425 million people worldwide using itas their primary means of communication, and is the official language of 20 countries. In fact, the US market currently has more Spanish speakers than Spain, according to The Telegraph.

The addition of these two executives could see Paktor making a push into South America, given that parts of it, such as Brazil, Colombia and Mexico, have been mentioned as alternatives to traditional emerging market destinations like China, India and Indonesia.

Commenting on the latest additions to the senior executive team of Paktor, Joseph Phua, CEO and co-founder of Paktor, said, “Both Jose and Miguel have proven leadership skills and experience in the industry.”

He added,”Their expertise and passion in navigating and conquering new markets will be assets for us. We continue to build Paktor into a dominant player in the global dating scene and are excited to have both Jose and Miguel on board to help propel our growth beyond Asia.”

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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).

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.