growthops avengers v01 bw nobgThe marketing technology agency, GrowthOps Asia, has made strategic appointments to strengthen its teams in the Southeast Asia region.

David Isaac Mathews has been appointed Chief Growth Officer for the Southeast Asian region, and Shaad Hamid replaces him as General Manager of the Singapore agency.

GrowthOps has also appointed Chris Greenough as General Manager of Malaysia. Between Singapore and Malaysia, Hamid and Greenough oversee a diverse team of some 200 professionals, in highly sought-after technology, user experience, creative, consulting, and marketing roles.

Other recent senior hires across the regional team include Su-Ann Teh as Digital Transformation Director; Edith Chin Siew Li as Head of Finance; Amelia Peng, Client Service Director; and Arshpreet Kaur as Corporate Legal Advisor. Additionally, Lik Pin Ong has been promoted as Head of Platform Delivery; and James Ng has been promoted to Head of CRM.

AnnouncementsBotifyBotify, the leading enterprise software company for performance-driven organic search, announced its incorporation in Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo.

This promises to help Asia Pacific customers transform their SEO strategies and capabilities, scaling up the performance of their websites through the sustainable growth of online traffic and revenue from organic search.

Botify has a track record of optimizing the websites of some of the world's largest brands (including Expedia, Macy's, L'Oreal, The New York Times, Groupon, Marriott, etc.), generating hundreds of millions of visits and billions of dollars from organic search. Building on this global success, and the growing groundswell of companies seeking advantage through organic, Botify Asia brings best practices to regional customers.

Following the US$55 million Series C funding in 2021, Botify is doubling-down on machine learning technologies to develop new, innovative features for its enterprise customers. These features will enhance its ML and AI-powered SEO platform, strengthening the unmatched depth and scale of its analytical and automation capabilities. Through such developments Botify is steadily leading a revolution in optimized organic for enterprises, helping brands and their customers around the world unlock the full potential of search.

AnnouncementsEventXThe SaaS company, EventX, that provides hybrid event management solutions for businesses, has expanded its Southeast Asia presence with the official launch of its Singapore operations. The expansion comes just months after EventX closed its US$10,000,000 series B funding round.

The company’s business in Asia has grown significantly in recent years, and EventX is committed to continuing to expand its already strong presence in the key Asian markets. EventX has rocketed 60% month-over-month user growth in 2021, with over 5,000,000 satisfied attendees in over 20,000 online, hybrid and offline events in the past years.

COVID-19 has been affecting economies across the world for close to two years. EventX’s virtual events have not only helped to break out the physical event limitations brought by social distancing measures, but also worked wonders for helping businesses to overcome pandemic challenges and become a powerhouse for digital communications and transformation, bringing more to the table in terms of inclusivity and brand reach.

As a growth accelerator for businesses, the company has been supporting marketers and event organizers through an all-in-one platform with engaging virtual event features, such as customizable registration pages, 3D lobbies, detailed analytics and social networking lounge which enable organizers to deliver real engagement and first-class interaction with their audience.

In addition to the expansion, EventX is offering new clients in Singapore free platform trials, that can hold up to 1,000 attendees with unlimited time duration – available until December 2021.

AnnouncementsInfosysInfosys and MIT Technology Review announced the launch of "The Cloud Hub", a forum offering insights and learning from successful cloud transformations to help global enterprises accelerate their cloud journey.

This collaboration will bring together success stories, expertise and experience from a number of leading global brands to demonstrate how value and competitive advantage can be created by adopting cloud technologies.

The Cloud Hub aims to create a community of experts from the industry, including practitioners, providers and influencers, to debate key challenges and opportunities surrounding the biggest technology disruption that the world is witnessing.

As per the Infosys' 2021 Cloud Radar Report, enterprises surveyed can add up to $414 billion in net new profits, annually, through effective cloud adoption. Yet, many companies are still on the journey to maximize cloud adoption to gain a competitive edge. The Cloud Hub will bring featured voices, including exclusive access to the Infosys Cobalt community of experts, to share success stories, strategies, and insights from leading cloud adopters on a variety of topics including hybrid cloud, data, AI, cloud apps, and security.

AppointmentsVMwareVMware announced the appointment of Bessie Yuan as vice president and general manager of Greater China, effective immediately. She will be responsible for VMware’s business development in mainland China, Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR and Taiwan.

Yuan is an outstanding homegrown IT leader with more than 20 years of experience in the IT industry. She has worked for software companies such as Oracle and Hyperion as CTO, sales director and general manager and is highly experienced in leading digital transformation projects.

Prior to VMware, Yuan was the General Manager of Enterprise Business Unit at Microsoft China where she proved great leadership of achieving remarkable milestones with her team and gained deep understanding of cloud computing technology trends and insights of the local industry. With excellent leadership, Yuan was recognized on Forbes China Top 50 Women in Tech list in both 2019 and 2020. Besides that she has been selected by Fortune’s Most Powerful Women in China (2020), proving her representativeness as a woman tech leader.

AnnouncementsS2WKorean cyberthreat intelligence trailblazer S2W has established a partnership with Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG), the international counter-cybercrime association, to exchange data through APWG's eCrime Exchange (eCX), the pre-eminent global clearinghouse for exchange of cybercrime event data.

S2W's alliance with the APWG will expand the company's resources to counter cybercrimes such as phishing-related scams worldwide and provide APWG's eCX with a vital new data resource for monitoring of scams, fraud, and phishing in Korea and greater East Asia.

Adding the eCX platform of the APWG, one of the world's largest anti-phishing alliances, S2W now has broader insight into the global online threat trends, information on phishing URLs and emails, as well as malicious IPs and domains. As the same infrastructure has often been used in various cybercrimes against global brands, this data-exchange partnership will significantly enhance the capability of S2W in detecting and preventing phishing attacks.

In addition to the data exchange platform, eCX, S2W will also cooperate with the community of specialists who can further solutions in technical and legal issues related to phishing attacks.

AppointmentsCoinDeskCoinDesk has named Kevin Reynolds as Editor-in-Chief, where he’ll oversee news, long-form, and professional editorial content.

Before joining the leading global media platform for the cryptocurrency industry last year, Kevin was at Bloomberg News for over 23 years, where he started, scaled, and ran First Word, a 250-person global news/analysis service for professional clients. By the time Reynolds left Bloomberg, First Word had grown to be the most successful news product in company history, getting more client views than the much-larger Bloomberg News and winning two CEO awards.

Kevin also started Bloomberg’s Speed Desk, which Joe Weisenthal cited in Business Insider as a “mindblowing operation” that sends flash headlines on breaking news from press releases, Securities and Exchange Commission filings, websites, and other media, as well as Bloomberg’s assignment desk. He turned around two other operations and started numerous others, including the training program that all Bloomberg News hires worldwide are required to take. He shares a patent for a CMS he helped design and is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.

AppointmentsUnrulyUnruly, a leading global video and CTV programmatic advertising platform, announced the appointment of Grant Bingham as Vice President of International Media Business Development.

The ad tech veteran and former head of publisher services at AOL will now lead all media partnerships in Unruly’s international markets across the APAC and EMEA regions.

To deliver omnichannel advertising solutions and monetisation strategies to some of the world’s largest media organisations and brands, Bingham will focus on identifying and capitalising on the major opportunities for media companies today, as Connected TV and video demand surges in the programmatic marketplace.  

Bingham brings with him thirteen years of experience in media and advertising, where he worked closely with the largest broadcasters and publishers across Europe and Asia Pacific. Having launched and led the programmatic strategy for companies such as AOL, Nine Entertainment Co, Seven West Media and, most recently, Are Media Pty in London, Bingham’s experience in leading publisher businesses and monetisation through programmatic platforms stands him in good stead in driving adoption of Unruly’s programmatic offering, especially in the rapidly growing CTV market.

Based in Sydney, Bingham will report to Unruly’s Chief Strategy Officer Kenneth Suh, and build on Unruly’s growth as a leading CTV platform to bring the company to greater heights within APAC and EMEA.