18yr sales and marketing veteran join web and email backup startup
To focus on building relationships with region’s telcos and ISPs
FORMER BlackBerry director John Leung (pic) has joined Singapore-based startup Dropmysite as its new vice-president of sales for Asia.
Leung was at BlackBerry from 2010 onwards; first as South-East Asia director of emerging markets and later as director of media and sponsorships.
His addition will see more partnership deals being inked throughout the continent, Dropmysite said in a statement.
His 18 years with various multinationals saw him running the inaugural MTV Asia Awards and making BlackBerry the No 1 selling smartphone in the Philippines, the company said.
“John (Leung) will bring strong relationships and opportunities at telecommunications and web companies to the business,” said John Fearon, chief executive officer and founder of Dropmysite.
“…he was the (candidate) with the right experience, connections and mindset to help us become a full-fledged Internet force to be reckoned with,” he added.
Dropmysite described its ability to attract experienced executives as underscoring its potential to grow into a major business. It has also hired Yutaka Shinohara from Verisign/ Trend Micro in Japan and Charif El Answari from Google’s EMEA (Europe/ Midde East/ Africa) operations.
“[Dropmysite] ticks all the right boxes – [a] growing company with a great product in a growing space that is scalable globally,” said Leung. “And most importantly, a pretty cool team putting it all together.”
“Not often in life [do] you get the chance to be part of a well backed startup that has a compelling product,” he said, adding that the risk of leaving the corporate world was mitigated “by the opportunity to make a significant contribution by helping build a successful company and the rewards that come with that legacy.”
Leung will focus immediately on all the major telcos and ISP (Internet service provider) vendors in the region. Specifically, he will be targeting the corporate teams responsible for their respective SME (small and medium enterprise) business.
He is also the director and co-founder with his wife at Renee L. Collections, a bespoke designer and couture tailor of ladies' evening and bridal gowns.
Leung is bullish about the startup scene and Dropmysite’s prospects.
“I believe the startup scene is now very vibrant after a sluggish period of acceptance since 2007/8. It's definitely approaching a serious tipping point of interest and ability to raise funds in Asia,” he said.
“Some milestone acquisition and investment deals have been done recently like SgCarMart, PropertyGuru and Reebonz, to name just three. It won't be long before we see a local startup hit a billion-dollar valuation. We want Dropmysite to get there first,” he added.
Dropmysite focuses on backing up cloud data, such as websites, emails, chat, social media, and more. It has developed and launched two websites: http://www.dropmysite.com/ and http://www.dropmyemail.com/.
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