Singapore’s Carousell makes top hires to lead operations, strategy

Singapore-based venture-backed online classifieds platform Carousell has made two senior-level appointments to its executive team.

According to an official statement, the company has appointed former SPH deputy chief marketing officer and SVP, Su Lin Tan, and former RedMart COO Colin Bryar as vice president of operations and advisor at Carousell, respectively.

Su Lin Tan joins the Carousell team with over two decades of experience in digital strategy, marketing and classifieds. She oversaw advertising sales and digital organisations and was recently associated with the launch of Singapore Media Exchange, Singapore’s first and only digital publisher alliance. Tan will be leading Carousell’s teams to scale operations regionally and will report to co-founder and CEO, Siu Rui Quek.

Meanwhile, Colin Bryar joins Carousell with over 25 years of experience in senior leadership roles at Amazon, IMDb and Alibaba-owned RedMart. He also served two years as technical advisor to Jeff Bezos. In his new role, Bryar will focus on identifying growth opportunities and providing a better customer experience for users across the region.

Commenting on the new appointments, Siu Rui Quek, co-founder and CEO of Carousell said: “Their collective experience and proven track record in transforming organisations amidst complex digital environments will be invaluable as we power through our next chapter of growth.”

Carousell was founded in Singapore in 2012. Today it operates regionally in 19 cities across 7 countries including Taiwan, Hong Kong and Australia. According to its official website, Carousell has over 171 million listings on its marketplace app, with a range of products including cars, lifestyle gadgets and fashion accessories.

The Singaporean startup last raised an $85 million Series C round in May last year led by Rakuten Ventures and EDBI. Other investors in the round include 500 Startups, Golden Gate Ventures, Sequoia India and DBS.

In June, Carousell was reported to be raising additional funding from global internet and entertainment firm, Naspers. According to reports, the deal was meant to be a minority investment that valued Carousell at over $500 million.

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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.
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