Naspers hired leading Airbnb and a former Amazon CEO who will run its global retail business, it announced on Thursday as the technology investor seeks to increase the contribution of core companies.
The online classifieds company, affiliated under the OLX Group, contributes 5% of total revenue and is the largest among a number of companies such as payments and fintech, food delivery and educational technology.
However, its size is largely overshadowed by Naspers ’hit investment in Chinese tech giant Tencent Holdings, which owns China’s largest messaging app, WeChat, and accounts for more than three-quarters of its revenue.
Romain Voog, who was Airbnb’s vice president of global sales operations and geography, has joined Prosus since April 1 as CEO of the OLX Group, the statement said. Prosus is a Naspers subsidiary that houses all of its overseas assets, including Tencent and the online ad business, which is spread across 30 countries.
Voog was president of Amazon’s operations in France before staying at Airbnb. It takes over Martin Scheepbouwer, who led the OLX Group for nine years, the company said.
“His (Voog’s) experience in customer-focused organizations like Amazon and Airbnb will be an advantage to the OLX Group as we launch customer-focused innovations in the world of advertising,” Bob van Dijk, CEO of Prosus and Naspers, said in an email. – Reported by Promit Mukherjee, (c) 2021. Reuters