AppointmentsOguryOgury, the global leader in personified advertising, announced the appointment of Wilfried Schobeiri as Chief Technology Officer.

In this role, Schobeiri will work closely with the company's leadership team to further strengthen Ogury's unique technology platform.

Schobeiri has extensive experience in the tech industry, where he spent over 20 years leading the development of large scale, global distributed technologies and scaling high-performance product development teams. Before joining Ogury, Schobeiri was most recently Chief Technology Officer at fintech and data infrastructure company Banyan. Before that, he was SVP, Chief Product Officer at Revantage, where he led product development efforts for Blackstone's real estate data platform. Schobeiri also worked at adtech company MediaMath, where he rose to become Chief Technology Officer and Chief Product Officer - spearheading the product development and technology strategy globally.

During his stints at prestigious companies, Schobeiri was a board member of the IAB Tech Lab, where he contributed to the creation of the IAB Europe's Transparency & Consent Framework - giving the advertising ecosystem a common language to communicate consumer choices around data processing for advertising. He has also been an advisory board member for a number of adtech and data companies. Today, he lends his expertise to Ocient, Ergatta, and Truthset, helping steer their growth and positive momentum.

At Ogury, Schobeiri will spearhead and execute the company's strategic vision for its technology, further developing its cookieless and ID-less solution at a pivotal time for the industry. Based in Paris, he will report to Geoffroy Martin, CEO at Ogury, and be a member of the company's executive committee.

AppointmentsAonplcAon plc, a leading global professional services firm, has named Vincent Banton as head of Construction and Infrastructure for Asia.

Banton is an experienced leader specialized in Construction and Erection All Risk policies along with Delay in Start-Up for business interruption. He also has extensive experience in constructing large infrastructure programs and has completed projects involving highways, railways, airports, bridges, deep foundations and large reinforced structures.

Based in Singapore, Banton works closely with local, regional and global teams to develop strategies and provide end-to-end services to clients in the region ensuring seamless transition from project development to commercial operations.

Banton brings 23 years of experience across the insurance and construction industries and has held roles at Munich Reinsurance, Balfour Birse UK, Leighton Contractors Australia (CIMIC) and Broad Construction Australia. He joins Aon from Zurich Insurance, where he worked for the past five years, most recently as national technical manager for Australia and New Zealand. He reports to Paul Young, head of Commercial Risk Solutions, Asia and James MacNeal, global industry specialty leader for Construction and Infrastructure (C&I) joining the global C&I leadership team.

AppointmentsBondee2Bondee, a next-generation social platform that transforms the way people interact with the real world, announced the appointment of Lionel Sim as Head of Commercial.

In this role, Lionel will manage all corporate partnerships and commercial initiatives, backing Bondee's efforts to further drive engagement with users and brands across the region.

With a career spanning more than 15 years in digital media and advertising, Lionel has held key roles in renowned global tech firms, including Apple, Tencent, and TikTok, operating across diverse markets such as Singapore, Japan, China, the United States, and Australia.

As Bondee is poised to accelerate its expansion efforts, Lionel is also hiring talented individuals across the globe on his team at the company's headquarters in Singapore and global offices across Japan, South Korea, and China.

Lionel hails from Singapore, and his proficiency in English, Mandarin, and Bahasa Indonesia reflects his cross-cultural competence, which has been instrumental in fostering strong collaboration with international teams.

Following recent senior appointments, Bondee will continue to add like-minded team members who are able to inspire everyone to explore diverse possibilities in the virtual and real worlds.

AppointmentsBondeeAs part of its strategic vision for the future, Bondee announced the appointment of its CEO, poised to elevate the growth of its platform to new heights.

Bondee was launched in October 2022 as a next-generation social platform that resonated with users across Asia who were drawn by the proposition of interacting with each other through creatively designed avatars in a metaverse environment.

Bondee quickly gained popularity, ranking as the top-downloaded app on App Store and Google Play in six markets across Asia. The up-and-coming version of Bondee harnesses the latest innovative technologies, expanding and enriching the ways users can express themselves creatively, to deliver its core values of inspiring people to explore diverse possibilities in the world.

Fei Yu will now become CEO of Bondee to lead the company into a new era of innovation and expansion, based out of its Singapore headquarters.

With an extensive background in the technology industry and a proven track record of leadership, Fei brings a wealth of expertise to Bondee. Having held several key senior roles in leading tech firms over the past two decades, including at Meta, Google and Microsoft, Fei is no stranger to driving market transformation through leveraging technologies and empowering businesses to grow by harnessing the latest innovations. Fei is also a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion, with a focus on growing female leadership in business and society.

Under Fei and her executive team's leadership, Bondee is poised to accelerate its expansion efforts, seeking to build out a talented team across different functions at its headquarters in Singapore and global offices across Japan, South Korea, and China. At Bondee, Fei will oversee the platform's key operations and business development, seeking to drive growth for a new version that is set to launch in the near future.

AppointmentsAcclimeAcclime, a leading tech-enabled professional services provider in Asia, is proud to announce the appointment of Joshua Konechny as the firm's Chief Digital Officer (CDO). This appointment underscores Acclime's dedication to remaining at the forefront of technological advancements in the corporate services sector.

Joshua brings over 25 years of experience in delivering digital technologies to multiple business segments, including a strong corporate services portfolio. With his expertise, Acclime aims to further strengthen its foundation in tech enablement initiatives, fostering growth, efficiency, and seamless cross-cultural integration in its operations.

To date, the Acclime group has successfully integrated over 40 companies, representing over 1,200 employees and 13,000 clients across 14 countries, each with its own unique cultural and regulatory challenges. The strong emphasis on technology-driven implementation has played a pivotal role in Acclime's seamless integration of these diverse entities, ensuring clients experience unified and cohesive service delivery across borders.

Mlytics and TenMax, leading technology providers in the video streaming industry, have announced a strategic partnership to revolutionize monetization and conversion strategies for video stream companies.

Leveraging the power of AI and video engagement data, this collaboration aims to provide a comprehensive solution that maximizes revenue and enhances user experience.

As part of the demonstration, Mlytics' AI monetization model showcases its ability to perform object recognition, sentiment analysis, topic detection, transcription, translation, automatic subtitling, and celebrity detection while users watch OTT videos. Mlytics' model also identifies optimal ad insertion points based on various factors, such as timeline graphs, output of sentences, scene changes, viewer engagement, and can be extended with customized AI models to meet the specific requirements of the OTT platform owner.

The analytics data related to ad insertion, generated by Mlytics' AI model, are seamlessly sent to TenMax via API integration. TenMax leverages this data by applying bidding rules, audience segmentation, exit rate analysis, top five recommended ads, and content analysis using Mlytics' model, considering factors like object detection, sentiment, and celebrity recognition. This ensures that ads are highly relevant, personalized to the viewer's interests, and boosts conversion for OTT platform monetization.

This bidirectional data exchange allows for dynamic insertion of video ads and banners, resulting in a seamless user experience and increased engagement.

Furthermore, Mlytics Video Platform provides real-time ad engagement analysis, including the number of viewers at any given moment, historical viewership trends, exit rates, buffering issues, delivery network performance, quality of experience (QoE), and conversion rates. These analytics enable video stream companies to make data-driven decisions and optimize their monetization and conversion strategies effectively.

The partnership between Mlytics and TenMax represents a significant advancement in the video streaming industry, providing video stream companies with a comprehensive solution that harnesses the power of AI and video engagement data. By combining their expertise, Mlytics and TenMax aim to empower businesses in driving revenue growth, enhancing user engagement, and achieving new levels of success in the ever-evolving video streaming landscape.

This groundbreaking solution was recently presented at the AWS Partner Summit Taiwan, highlighting the innovation and value it brings to the industry.

AppointmentsAVIAThe Asia Video Industry Association (AVIA) has appointed Clare Bloomfield as its new Chief Policy Officer (CPO), with immediate effect.

Bloomfield has been with the team since 2017 as Director, Policy & Research, and more recently as Acting CPO, helping to develop and execute policy initiatives relevant to the video industry, in consultation with and on behalf of AVIA member companies.

In her new role, Bloomfield will spearhead AVIA’s policy unit, working with members to set the policy strategy and represent and engage in constructive dialogue with governments and regulators around the region so they may better understand the curated video industry and foster an environment of support for the growth of the industry.

Prior to joining AVIA, Bloomfield has previously worked as a UK diplomat. Her postings included Hong Kong, Washington DC, Slovakia, Ghana and Pakistan.

AppointmentsToshibaToshiba Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. announced the appointment of Mr. Kazutoshi Hashimoto as the new Managing Director, effective July 20, 2023.

Mr. Hashimoto succeeds Mr. Hiroshi Fukuchi, and he will be responsible for overseeing and expanding Toshiba's group-wide business presence in Southeast Asia, India, and Oceania.

Toshiba Group aims to promote comprehensive and cross-sectional business strategies to achieve business growth in global markets. Mr. Hashimoto will work closely with the newly established organization in Toshiba Corporation - Global Strategy and Business Development Division. This division will be directly under the President to formulate Toshiba Group's global business strategy, support the launch of new businesses in global markets, and strengthen the governance of subsidiaries worldwide.

Over the years, Mr. Hashimoto demonstrated remarkable dedication and expertise. Since joining Toshiba in 1992, Mr. Hashimoto has devoted his career to focusing on semiconductor and storage products businesses, responsible for System Large-Scale Integration (LSI). Seeking new challenges and international exposure, Mr. Hashimoto ventured into the Chinese market and joined Toshiba Electronics (China) Co., Ltd. in 2012. Upon returning to Japan, he dedicated most of his career to semiconductor businesses, specializing in Discrete Devices & Optoelectronic Devices.

Beyond his professional achievements, Mr. Hashimoto is known for his unwavering dedication, integrity, and passion for excellence. He has continually committed to fostering innovation and building strong relationships with customers and partners.

Mr. Hashimoto graduated from Kumamoto University with a Bachelor of Laws.

AppointmentsYahooYahoo announced the appointment of Tressie Lieberman as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO), following an extensive executive search process.

A talented and respected marketing leader, Lieberman brings over twenty years of traditional and digital marketing experience transforming world-class consumer brands such as Chipotle, Taco Bell, and Pizza Hut. She will report directly to Yahoo CEO Jim Lanzone.

As Yahoo’s CMO, Lieberman will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the company's global marketing strategies, brand positioning, user acquisition and customer engagement initiatives. She will play a pivotal role in shaping the brand’s direction and growth strategy as Yahoo positions itself to help people achieve their goals online for decades to come.

While at Chipotle, Lieberman ignited the brand’s digital transformation by driving new customer growth and brand relevance. She launched and scaled the Chipotle Rewards program from zero to 33 million members, making it one of the industry’s most prolific loyalty programs. Under her leadership, Chipotle became one of Gen Z’s leading brands, as well as an early leader on new platforms such as Roblox, Discord and BeReal – while shattering sales records with influencer collaborations across TikTok. Her fresh approach to viral, social-driven content led to over four billion views for a single campaign, while supporting meaningful sales growth. Lieberman oversaw integrated campaigns and delivery partnerships that contributed to the brand’s nearly 5x increase in digital revenue during her tenure.

Prior to serving as VP of Digital Marketing and Off-Premise at Chipotle, Lieberman was CMO at Snap Kitchen where she oversaw the brand’s end-to-end identity transformation and led retail partnerships. Lieberman also served as VP of Digital Innovation and On-Demand at Taco Bell, driving social media and influencer strategy, as well as establishing the company’s first-mover e-commerce and digital media delivery partnership strategy. When she joined Taco Bell, the QSR brand was most familiar with Gen X, but had yet to tap into the Millennial audience. In reigniting its marketing strategy with more modern social and creative brand activations, Lieberman helped transform Taco Bell into an iconic brand in youth culture.

AppointmentsXipLinkXipLink, the technology leader in Wireless Link Optimization, is proud to announce that Sasmith Reddi has re-joined the XipLink team as Senior Vice President of Marketing.

As a member of the senior management team, he will also participate in the strategic direction for the company while leading a cohesive strategy into multi-orbit hybrid network software and services.

XipLink is already an established leader in satellite-based bonding technology while aggregating several link types including cellular, terrestrial microwave and the emerging Starlink and OneWeb LEO constellations.

Sasmith has performed at the highest levels since first entering the IP networking business out of the University of Maryland. At FORE Systems, a leader in ATM technology during the initial Internet boom, he is credited with designing the highest capacity IP networks at the time for large accounts like UUNET, internetMCI, America OnLine and several other backbone providers.

Sasmith was also a key figure in the restart of iDirect in 2002 by hiring an outstanding team of field Systems Engineers while providing the initial product strategy, launching the company from a $2M revenue restart to over $100M five years later. He and other members of the iDirect team were credited with the Virtual Network Operator (VNO) terminology and strategy that has become an industry standard term today. In 2008, Sasmith joined XipLink to help launch the company, performing many functions and ultimately running the Asia region. Most recently, Sasmith has been Director of Systems Engineering in iDirect’s Asia region which has consistently performed at the highest levels within the company.

AppointmentsConstellarConstellar announce the appointment of Paul Lee to its executive team as part of its ambition to become a global leader in the MICE industry. Lee's leadership will be instrumental in steering sustainable growth across new and existing markets.

Paul has close to 20 years of experience in the exhibitions industry across B2B and B2C and is a specialist in driving business growth through strategy, launches and acquisitions. He was most recently a Principal Consultant (Partnerships & Sponsorships) with the Infocomm Media Development Authority, where he successfully cemented Asia Tech x Singapore or ATxSG as a platform to bring government and industry together for meaningful conversations at the intersections of digital technology, economy and society.

Prior to that, Paul headed the Asia Pacific region for Comexposium, one of the world's leading event organisers managing over 170 B2B and B2C events across 11 sectors in over 30 global economic growth zones. As Regional Managing Director and later Chief Executive Officer for the region, he grew the business through partnerships, joint ventures and event launches. He also spent close to 14 years at Reed Exhibitions (now known as RX Global), where he managed multiple mergers and acquisitions in various sectors, including the joint venture between RX Global and Sinopharm (China National Pharmaceutical Group Corporation) to form Reed Sinopharm Exhibitions (RSE), which eventually saw RSE managing a portfolio of 30 highly recognised events in the healthcare sector.

Paul is keen to forge strategic partnerships for growing the business in key markets like China, India and Malaysia, with a focus on industry sectors such as technology, advanced manufacturing and sustainability. He firmly believes that Constellar is well-placed to strengthen communities and build ecosystems to solve global challenges such as climate change and food security.

Paul holds a Master of Arts in Asia Pacific Studies from University of Leeds, focusing on the Chinese and Southeast Asian economies including socio-political drivers; and a Bachelor of Science (BSC) in Monetary economics and corporate finance from The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Constellar's interim Group Chief Executive Officer, Mr Chua Wee Phong, will continue to oversee all matters related to its group of companies.