Hyper Island appoints new MD for Singapore

  • Otto Ruijs replaces Christina Andersson who takes on a global role
  • To help companies and individuals navigate the digital age
Hyper Island appoints new MD for Singapore

DIGITAL school Hyper Island said it has appointed Otto Ruijs (pic above) as the new managing director for its operations in Singapore, succeeding Christina Andersson who will be relocating back to Sweden to take up a global role.
Ruijs joined Hyper Island in 2015, as learning design director, the company said in a statement.
He was formerly from ?What If! Innovation Partners in Singapore where he started and ran the Singapore office for nearly four years. Prior to that, he worked for Clear (part of M&C Saatchi), a boutique brand and innovation agency, as head of strategy in Hong Kong.
His main mandate will be to shape Hyper Island as a digital catalyst for companies and individuals as they prepare to navigate the digital age.
 “Dealing with the digital change around us requires not only the acquisition of skillsets, but more importantly, a shift in mindset towards how we think about the world,” said Ruijs.
“The successful companies of today – Airbnb, Uber, Alibaba and Tencent, to name a few – were built with a different DNA from the ground up.
“They get that the digital age ushers in a completely new way of working, living and being, and more importantly, know how to leverage that from both a customer and employee perspective,” he added.
Hyper Island is a private tertiary institution and educational company specialising in real-world industry training using digital technology. It has campuses and staff in Stockholm, Karlskrona, London, Manchester, New York, Singapore and Sao Paulo.
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