CITIC Telecom International CPC Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of CITIC Telecom International Holdings Limited , is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Frank Cai (Dawei CAI) to be the Vice Chairman of CITIC Telecom CPC effective 28th February.

Further, Mr. Stephen Ho has determined to retire from the company after nearly 20 years of service and to step down from CEO of the company effective 31st January 2020. Mr. Esmond Li (Bing Chi, LI), Chief Financial Officer of CITIC Telecom has been appointed to the additional role of CEO of CITIC Telecom CPC effective 1st February 2020.

Mr. Cai has more than 20 years of experience in the field of telecommunications, management, network operations, communication and information technology development, as well as outstanding contributions in new business expansions. While joining the new role as the Vice Chairman of CITIC Telecom CPC, he also acts as the Vice Chairman of China Enterprise ICT Solutions Limited and Corporate Representative of CITIC Telecom in the board of Companhia de Telecomunicacoes de Macau, S.A.R.L. Prior to joining CITC Telecom Group companies, Mr. Cai had held various senior executive positions at China Telecommunications Corporation and China Netcom Corporation.

Bringing with him a wealth of 35 years of extensive experience in the finance and accounting field, Mr. Li has strong analytical skills and entrepreneurial mindset that are essential to drive the growth of a company. He is an Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer of the Group and the President of China Entercom, as well as a Director of CTM. Mr. Li joined CITIC Pacific Limited (now known as CITIC Limited, a company listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited) as Vice President, Telecom Project Development in 2001. He worked as Chief Financial Officer of CITIC Telecom CPC from 2004 to August 2019 and was transferred to CITIC Telecom in 2007 when CITIC Telecom CPC was acquired by CITIC Telecom. Prior to joining CITIC Limited, Mr. Li was with Limited, the Cable & Wireless HKT group and Ernst & Young.

watson advertisingIBM released its Advertising Accelerator with Watson, a predictive ad solution that uses AI to determine which creative elements will deliver the best engagement for specific audiences and help identify new audience segmentation opportunities. It can also analyze campaign results based on the creative and audience perspective. Built on its Watson platform, IBM’s latest AI-powered solution has been designed to deliver hyper-personalized ad creative.

Julie SimonCleverTap, the leading AI-powered customer lifecycle and user retention platform, announced that Julie Simon will join the company as vice president of marketing for Asia-Pacific.

In this newly created role, Simon will lead all aspects of marketing for APAC, including go-to-market strategy, digital marketing, partner marketing, and branding and awareness programs.

Simon is a respected marketing leader with over 16 years of experience in leading teams to surpass ambitious sales objectives across geographically dispersed territories. She offers extensive knowledge in exceeding organizational and sales objectives with a focus in APAC regions, as well as developing and driving scalable marketing plans that support the growth of businesses. Most recently, Simon served as head of marketing, APAC, for Temenos, and has previously held marketing roles at Quadient and Neopost. Simon earned her master’s degree in International Business Development, Marketing from EM Strasbourg Business School in France.

Simon’s appointment is part of CleverTap’s aggressive global expansion strategy following the completion of a $35M Series C funding round led by Tiger Global Management and Sequoia India. The company is using part of the funds to fuel team growth across Asia, the US, Latin America, and Europe.

onlineCThe Elements of AI is a series of free online courses developed by the Finnish management consultancy Reaktor and the University of Helsinki.


The aim is to bring the topic of AI closer to as many people as possible: What is AI? What can AI (and what not) do? And how are AI methods developed?

The courses combine theoretical knowledge transfer with practical exercises, and participants can set their own pace of learning. It is planned to provide the course in all European languages in the near future.

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PierreViacomCBS Networks has appointed Pierre Cheung to an expanded role as Senior Vice President & General Manager of Asia with a brief to better align the company’s operations between these markets and target new commercial opportunities as a result. This follows the company’s organizational restructure which was announced recently.

Cheung reports into Raffaele Annecchino, President, ViacomCBS Networks Europe, Middle East, Africa & Asia. He joined ViacomCBS in 2015 as Senior Vice President and General Manager for Greater China, where he oversaw the management and operations of the Greater China office, across brands and departments, while developing the long-term strategic plan in China. Prior to joining the company, Pierre worked at BBC Worldwide, where he was General Manager of Greater China.

Ultimaker, the global leader in desktop 3D printing, recently strengthened its leadership team with four new talents to drive its worldwide growth even further.

SebastiaanSebastiaan Verhaar is appointed as Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) to capitalize on the success of Ultimaker's regional commercial teams in the APAC, EMEA, and US, and to drive this growth even further.

Verhaar will help galvanize Ultimaker's global sales efforts. He has over 16 years of experience with companies like Equinix and Google, setting up and growing successful international sales and business development teams in a range of sectors including Internet data services, telecommunications, enterprise software, SaaS, Cloud and IoT. While witnessing Ultimaker's rapid growth from a distance the last few years, Verhaar is very excited to play a major role in taking Ultimaker's profit-making to exciting new heights.

mariskaUltimaker's ambitious growth plans require the strengthening and broadening of the global organization. To support this vision, Mariska van IJzerloo joined Ultimaker in late 2019 as Chief People Officer (CPO). She is responsible for HR, People and Leadership Development and Sustainability. Van IJzerloo has more than 15 years of leadership at globally innovative and engineering companies, such as REEBOK, DENSO, Arcadis and Ampelmann. Besides strategic HR, leadership, talent acquisition and talent development, Van IJzerloo's expertise lies with guiding the further globalisation of ambitious scale-ups. According to Van IJzerloo, steep organizational growth happens only when the people of the organization grow as well, and she is driven to encourage a healthy and inspiring environment for all Ultimaker employees to flourish in.

siebeAs the new CIO for Ultimaker, Siebe Beintema will help to further define the company's IT Strategy to support the growth and development of the IT and IT-related teams. Beintema brings years of expertise to Ultimaker, with past positions in IT Management and as a CIO for companies such as Thomas Cook and Lefebvre Sarrut Group/Sdu. Within the last five years, Beintema participated in the acquisition and integration of various Belgian and Dutch companies. He will be responsible for IT management, web development, ERP, as well as software and services delivery platform. Driven by sharing new and innovative solutions for the company with his colleagues and clients, Beintema is eager to support the continuous growth of Ultimaker.

Siebe Beintema will work closely alongside Paul Heijmans, who is appointed as VP Application Software R&D. Heijmans will lead the R&D application software department and will report to Dick Moerkens, CTO at Ultimaker. He brings over 20 years of experience in software engineering to Ultimaker, that includes developing custom software, building software products, to building and running software as a service. Heijmans will focus on shaping and executing Ultimaker's software strategy, the development of Ultimaker Cura and other future software related services. Heijmans is proud to be a part of the team that delivered this accessible, open software that serves as a key accelerator in the global adoption of 3D printing.

GenevievePropertyGuru Group announced the promotion of Genevieve Godwin as Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) as the Group continues to make significant progress in its talent management capabilities.

In the past two years as Human Resources Director, Genevieve has bolstered PropertyGuru’s talent growth and development across Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam for over 1200 employees. Under her leadership, improvements in the Group’s HR-tech infrastructure has led to enhanced employee experience; upgradation of overall recognition & benefit programs has made for a more inclusive and supportive environment for employees to thrive.

Genevieve and the HR teams’ most significant impact has been in bringing PropertyGuru’s culture of learning to life. New programs, building on PropertyGuru’s learning philosophy and encompassing a holistic learning perspective, include on the job development, online learning libraries and focused in-person development, which have seen strong adoption within the Group. A heightened focus on people managers has meant that dozens of leaders have sharpened their skills through blended leadership development programs, purpose built for PropertyGuru. In addition to this, Genevieve has participated in the post-merger integration activities with, the Group’s business in Vietnam, which will continue through 2020. In her elevated role, Genevieve will continue to focus on all these areas as well as further enhance employee learning and development.

CJ ENM HONG KONG LTD rejigs the Distribution and Marketing functions by combining them under Brand Partnerships Team based in Singapore Branch Office.

With this change, CJ ENM HK elevates Mickey Ong to new role of General Manager, based out from Singapore office. Mickey now oversees Brand Partnerships as well as Scripted Series production business for South East Asia including Hong Kong and Taiwan. He continues to report to Michael Jung, Managing Director of CJ ENM HK. Brand Partnerships is a one stop shop for Pay TV, OTT, Media and Trade partnerships with two Brands that it operates - tvN (Korean general entertainment) and tvN Movies (Korean movies).

To achieve the aims, three new hires are added. Patrick Lim & Mandy Mah joins as Senior Managers.

  • Patrick come with more than 20 years of regional experience in the media and communications industry, especially in media relations, marketing and promotions, previously with NBCUniversal Asia, Singtel and Mediacorp.

  • Mandy has been in the media industry for more than 7 years. Passionate about content, she has managed distribution for linear, on demand, digital and formats as well as affiliate marketing across Asia Pacific with Viacom International Media Networks and Mediacorp. Mabel Lim joined as Manager since December 2019. Formerly Assistant Manager Resort Marketing – Overseas at Resorts World Sentosa, Mabel comes with good experience in regional marketing in APAC (Indonesia, Philippines, Australia and South Korea) markets in the tourism industry. Through her 7 years in marketing for attractions and integrated resort brands, she has experience in market strategy, media planning, creative execution, targeted digital and social media activities and brand partnerships.

Qualtrics announced the appointment of customer experience (CX) industry veteran Brian Stucki to lead the Qualtrics CustomerXM™ business.

CustomerXM, built on the Qualtrics XM Platform™, helps organisations move beyond data measurement by creating systems of action where companies can eliminate poor experiences with speed, efficiency, flexibility, and security. Combined with Qualtrics’ in-house CX experts through the XM Institute and the industry’s only experience management partner ecosystem, organisations can launch and manage world-class CX programmes from start to finish with speed, efficiency, and flexibility.

Stucki joined Qualtrics in 2015 as a long-time CX industry expert. Previously, as head of global customer success, Stucki led the company’s recurring business across all product lines and partnered closely with Qualtrics’ largest customers. He also brings in-depth experience building and leading Qualtrics’ technology delivery and services teams. Prior to Qualtrics, he was a management consultant at Bain & Company overseeing CX engagements for various global and Fortune 500 clients.

Stucki holds an MBA from Duke University and is now responsible for leading the global strategy, growth, delivery, and operations of Qualtrics’ customer experience offerings.