HONG KONG / NEW YORK, 28 August 2017 – South China Morning Post Publishers Limited, Asia’s leading media company, today announced the appointment of Mr. Malcolm Ong to the new position of Head of Product. Reporting to CEO Gary Liu, Malcolm will helm SCMP’s product and engineering teams to drive the development of new consumer experiences and the innovation of SCMP’s editorial products. Malcolm has relocated from San Francisco to Hong Kong, SCMP’s global headquarters.
Malcolm joins SCMP from Lyft, an online ride-sharing platform that operates in over 550 cities in the US. He was instrumental in spearheading an array of product initiatives from new channel development to partnerships with Fortune 500 corporations. Under Malcolm’s stewardship, Lyft launched its first progressive web app, Amazon Fire app and Windows 10 app. Prior to Lyft, Malcolm was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at 500 Startups, a global venture capital fund with over US$350 million in committed capital, where he advised a class of 30+ startups through the fund’s accelerator program. Before 500 Startups, Malcolm co-founded Skillshare, a New York-based education start-up, and led the product team at OMGPOP, a New York-based gaming studio. He has also held senior technology positions at Razorfish and IBM. Malcolm holds a BSc degree in Computer Science with a double major in Business Administration from Carnegie Mellon University.
“As SCMP moves full speed ahead in our transformation, a technology roadmap with a global perspective is essential to elevating our product experience for users around the world,” said Gary Liu, CEO of South China Morning Post. “Malcolm will lead SCMP’s efforts to develop new products and platforms that demonstrate our commitment to editorial and digital excellence. I believe Malcolm’s expertise, innovative vision and entrepreneurial spirit will be crucial to SCMP’s mission to lead the global conversation about China.”
Malcolm said, “I’m honoured and excited to join SCMP and lead the Product team, and to contribute to its transformation into a world-class digital media company. The news industry is at an inflection point, and we must pivot and adapt to changing reader behavior, distribution channels and revenue models. We are in a challenging yet exhilarating position to define the future paradigm of news. I’m excited to join Gary and the rest of the SCMP team on this mission.”
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About South China Morning Post Publishers Limited
South China Morning Post Publishers Limited is a leading newspaper and magazine publisher in Asia. Its flagship publication, the South China Morning Post, is Hong Kong’s internationally recognised English language newspaper and has the city’s most affluent and influential readership.
First published in 1903, the newspaper has developed an enviable reputation for authoritative, influential and independent reporting on Hong Kong, China and the rest of Asia. Available in print, mobile, tablets and online through scmp.com and e-reader editions, the South China Morning Post reaches a global audience with daily breaking news, analysis and opinion, multimedia articles and interactive forums. The South China Morning Post received 200 awards in 2016-17 for excellence in editorial, marketing and technical capabilities. Other titles in the company include the Sunday Morning Post, STYLE, Destination Macau and The PEAK.
Through the joint venture partnership with Hearst, SCMP Hearst publishes the Chinese editions of Cosmopolitan, CosmoBride, Harper’s BAZAAR, Harper’s BAZAAR Art, Harper’s BAZAAR Bride, Esquire, ELLE, ELLE Men, ELLE Wedding, ELLE Décoration, and ELLE Accessories; and operates Cosmopolitan.com.hk, Cosmogirl.com.hk, Harpersbazaar.com.hk, ELLE.com.hk and EsquireHK.com in Hong Kong.
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