PropertyGuru Group, Asia’s leading online property group, is pleased to announce the appointment of LinkedIn executive Hari Krishnan as President and Chief Business Officer, effective 1 January 2016. In this newly-created role, Mr. Krishnan will focus on leading and accelerating regional business growth initiatives, with Country Managers and Sales Enablement teams in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia reporting directly to him.
Hari is currently the Managing Director, APAC & Japan at LinkedIn, where he leads more than 1,000 employees across 10 offices to create and deliver value for more than 78 million members and clients. He joined LinkedIn as its first employee in Asia in 2009, and was its Country Manager for India before he was promoted to his current position.
Hari brings with him more than 15 years of industry leadership, accelerating brand recognition, revenue growth and monetisation strategies for technology and social media organisations across Asia Pacific.
Prior to LinkedIn, Hari led the market entry for two hyper-growth Internet companies into the vibrant Indian market and has worked in leadership positions in companies such as Fox Interactive Media, Yahoo! and Cisco. He was also the Vice President for Product Management & Marketing at Travelguru during the initial rapid growth period for the Indian online travel industry.
Steve Melhuish, Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of PropertyGuru Group said, “PropertyGuru is the market leader in three of the four markets we operate and we continue to grow rapidly. I am therefore delighted to welcome such a seasoned executive such as Hari to lead all our business activities regionally. I look forward to working closely with him and our leadership team in taking our business to the next level.”
Hari first used PropertyGuru’s portal when he relocated to Singapore. Speaking about the appointment, he added, “PropertyGuru is synonymous with the process of searching for a home in Singapore. As a happy customer, I am now excited to help the company to its next growth phase across the region. It is a privilege for me to join Steve and the leadership team as the company continues to further elevate the home search process. Surfacing the unique insights available on the platform, and by partnering even closer within the region, we are looking to be the go-to platform for everyone who wants a dream home.”
Hari was recognised with the ‘Distinguished Alumni’ award from his engineering college within the University of Mumbai and was on Business Today’s list of ‘India’s Hottest Young Executives’, among other awards.
He is a frequent speaker at INSEAD and Singapore Management University (SMU) and was the 2015 MBA commencement ceremony keynote speaker at the SP Jain School of Global Management. He sits on the board for U2opia Mobile, a privately-held mobile applications company and the Singapore chapter of TIE (The Indus Entrepreneurs), a not-for-profit organisation focused on fostering entrepreneurship. Hari holds an MBA in General Management & Finance from INSEAD and an M.S. in Telecommunications from the University of Colorado at Boulder.