Singapore: PropertyGuru appoints LinkedIn exec Hari Krishnan as president

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PropertyGuru Group has appointed Hari Krishnan, of LinkedIn as its president and chief business officer, effective January 1, 2016.

In this newly-created role, Krishnan will focus on leading and accelerating regional business growth initiatives, with country managers and sales enablement teams in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia reporting directly to him, a statement said.

Krishnan is currently the managing director, APAC & Japan at LinkedIn, where he leads more than 1,000 employees across 10 offices to create and deliver value for more than 78 million members and clients.

Hari Krishnan, President and Chief Business Officer of PropertyGuru Group

PropertyGuru Group chief executive officer and co-founder Steve Melhuish noted that being a market leader in three of the four markets PropertyGuru is in, the group continues to grow rapidly.

“I am therefore delighted to welcome such a seasoned executive such as Hari to lead all our business activities regionally. I look forward to working closely with him and our leadership team in taking our business to the next level,” he said.

Set up in 2006 and headquartered in Singapore, PropertyGuru is has more than 11 million property buyers using its site, viewing over 104 million property pages and generating over 500,000 enquiries for real estate developer and agent advertisers every month across Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand.

The group received S$175 million investment, the largest in the technology sector in Southeast Asia this year,  to support its innovation, marketing and further expansion in the region.

Krishnan joined LinkedIn as its first employee in Asia in 2009 and was its country manager for India before he was promoted to his current position.

Krishnan brings with him more than 15 years of industry leadership, accelerating brand recognition, revenue growth and monetisation strategies for technology and social media organisations across Asia Pacific.

Prior to LinkedIn, Krishnan led the market entry for two hyper-growth Internet companies into the vibrant Indian market and has worked in leadership positions in companies such as Fox Interactive Media, Yahoo! and Cisco.

He was also the vice president for product management & marketing at Travelguru during the initial rapid growth period for the Indian online travel industry.

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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).

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  • 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.