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Tech CEO Appointments in Asia Pacific from 7/1 to 8/31 2018

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  • Australia: Isentia Group, Seeing Machines, Firstwave Cloud Technology, Alcidion Group, Change Financial, Domain Holdings Australia
  • China: China United Network Communications Group, ZTE Corporation, LightInTheBox
  • Hong Kong: HKT Limited, Hutchison Telecommunications Hong Kong, Inspur International
  • India: Vodafone-Idea, Zomato
  • Others: Compal Electronics, Taiwan; Kcell, Kazakhstan; Ellipsiz, Singapore; Xurpas Philippines; TFP Solutions, Malaysia; CYBIRD Holdings, Japan; NPQ Holdings, Singapore

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Compal Electronics, Taiwan - Compal Electronics appointed Chung-Pin (Martin) Wong, Executive Deputy General Manager and Director, as President and CEO. He replaces Jui-Tsung Chen. Wong joined Compal in 1989. Compal Electronics manufacturers notebook PCs, LCD products, data center equipment, and smart devices worldwide.

China United Network Communications Group, China - Li Guohua, head of the national postal service, has been named GM of China United Network Communications Group (China Unicom). China Unicom provides broadband communication and information services to customers in China.

ZTE Corporation, China - ZTE Corp. has appointed a 20-year veteran Xu Ziyang, who was most recently in charge of the firm’s wireless-network products, to replace Zhao Xianming, as CEO, to comply with a $1.4 billion settlement deal it made with the United States aimed at lifting a seven-year supplier ban. ZTE, which relies on U.S. suppliers for core components, had to cease major operations in April after authorities imposed the ban, saying the firm broke an agreement to discipline executives who conspired to evade U.S. sanctions on Iran and North Korea.

HKT Limited, Hong Kong - Alexander Anthony Arena, 67, the Group Managing Director and Executive Director of HKT Limited and HKT Management Limited, retires as Group Managing Director and Executive Director of the Company and the Trustee-Manager. Ms. Hui Hon Hing, Susanna, currently the Group CFO and Executive Director of the Company and the Trustee-Manager, will be appointed as Group Managing Director of the Company and the Trustee-Manager. HKT provides telecommunications and related services in Hong Kong.

Vodafone-Idea, India - Idea Cellular merges with Vodafone India and the company appointed Vodafone India COO Balesh Sharma as the CEO of the company. He was specially called to India in April 2017 as COO from the Czech Republic. 

Hutchison Telecommunications Hong Kong, Hong Kong - Hutchison Telecommunications Hong Kong Holdings Limited announced that Executive Director and CEO Woo Chiu Man, Cliff will take up the post of President Director at PT Hutchison 3 Indonesia, a mobile telecommunications subsidiary of CK Hutchison Holdings Limited. Accordingly he will be re-designated as Co-Deputy Chairman and Non-executive Director of the Company. Mr. Koo Sing Fai will be appointed as Executive Director and CEO of the Company. Mr. Koo, 46, joined the group of HWL in August 2006 and became a director of enterprise and international business of mobile operations of the Company in January 2014.

Kcell, Kazakhstan - Kazakhstan mobile operator Kcell appointed Rainer Rathgeber as CEO, succeeding Arti Ots, who has been CEO of the Company since 2014. Prior to joining Kcell, Rathgeber was CEO of Ufone, the subsidiary and mobile arm of Pakistan Telecom.

LightInTheBox, China - Mr. Zhiping Qi has been elected as CEO of online retail company LightInTheBox. Qi is one of the founding team members and was Co-President and Vice Chairman of Shenzhen Sinoagri, an online agricultural procurement and distribution service provider, from 2010-2017.

Inspur International Limited, Hong Kong - Inspur International Limited announced that Mr. Lee Eric Kong has been appointed as the CEO. In 2017, he was appointed as an executive director, President and COO of the company as well as subsidiary Inspur Genersoft. Formerly at AT&T Network Systems International and Lucent Technologies. Lee replaces Xingshan Wang, who has been the CEO of Inspur since October 2009 and has been its Chairman since April 2012. The company is engaged in software development and provision of outsourcing software services.

Isentia Group, Australia - Isentia Group Limited announced that Ed Harrison has been appointed Managing Director and CEO. Harrison was the CEO of Yahoo7. Isentia Group Limited provides media intelligence services.

Ellipsiz Ltd, Singapore - Ellipsiz named Executive Director Lum Wen-Sum Kelvin as CEO. Lum has been responsible for the business development and investment functions of the Group. Since early this year, Mr. Lum's role was expanded to cover the operations and corporate affairs of the Group. He replaces Melvin Chan, 55, who retired early in 2018. Ellipsiz provides probe card, and distribution and service solutions to the semiconductor and electronics manufacturing industries.

Xurpas, Philippines - Xurpas elected President and Executive Director Raymond Gerard S. Racaza as CEO. Xurpas creates and develops digital products and services for mobile end-users in the Philippines.

TFP Solutions, Malaysia - TFP Solutions Berhad announced re-designation of Dato' Hussian @ Rizal Bin A. Rahman as Managing Director from Non Independent and Non Executive Director. TFP Solutions provides business productivity solutions and services for business enterprises in Malaysia.

Seeing Machines, Australia - Ken Kroeger, currently Chairman and interim CEO, becomes CEO on a permanent basis. Seeing Machines develops computer vision related technologies in Australia, North America, and the Asia Pacific.

Firstwave Cloud Technology, Australia - Internet security software firm FirstWave Cloud Technology appointed Mr. David Kirton as CEO. Demonstrating his commitment to FirstWave, Mr. Kirton has been fulfilling the role on an interim basis since October 2017 after resignation of CEO and managing director, Steve O'brien in September 2017.

Alcidion Group, Australia - Alcidion Group Limited announced the acquisition of MKM Health Pty Ltd. and Patientrack Holdings Limited. As part of the transaction, Ms Kate Quirke, former CEO of MKM Health, has been appointed to the role of CEO of the Alcidion Group, as well as an Executive Director to the Alcidion Board. Alcidion provides intelligent informatics software.

Change Financial, Australia - Eric Bachman will take on the CEO role from Ash Shilkin who will transition to executive director. Bachman is an institutional payments veteran with over 30 years in banking, payments, and building new companies. Change Financial has purchased an option to acquire Ivy where it has a 33% ownership stake of Ivy and plans to become the sole shareholder of the business. Change Financial provides fintech solutions and is a blockchain investment company.

Domain Holdings Australia, Australia - Domain Holdings Australia Limited appointed Jason Pellegrino to the role of Managing Director and CEO. Jason joins Domain from Google where he has been Managing Director Australia and New Zealand since May 2016 and a member of the Asia-Pacific regional leadership team. Pellegrino takes over after incumbent Antony Catalano stepped down in January this year. Company was spun off from Fairfax Media in an IPO in November 2017.

CYBIRD Holdings, Japan - CYBIRD named Shuji Utsumi, who has been CYBIRD's President since 2016, as its CEO. The company has been acquired by Aeria, a Japanese company specializing in the online game business, in July 2018.

NPQ Holdings, Singapore - Lim Wee Lee, resigned as the CEO of Speedprop Global. Leong Kwok Heng was appointed at the CEO of the company. Mr. Leong, age 63, works at Quest Services Sdn Bhd, where he has served as a Director from December of 1988 to the current date. NPQ focuses on the development of enterprise mobile applications and mobile point-of-sale systems.

Zomato Media Private Limited, India - Zomato appoints former MakeMyTrip's COO - Online, Mohit Gupta, as their new CEO responsible for leading the Food Delivery Business. Zomato is in talks with at least three new investors to raise more capital. Zomato intends to raise as much as $200-400 million. It received $49.72 million in funding from Ant Financial Services Group earlier this year.

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