Haresh Khoobchandani (pictured), REA Group Asia Singapore and Malaysia CEO, has left the company to join Autodesk, Inc., an American software company. According to Khoobchandani's LinkedIn, he will helm the role of VP, sales, Asia Pacific at Autodesk.
Autodesk confirmed the appointment to A+M, adding that Khoobchandani replaces former head of Asia Pacific, Patrick Williams, and reports to VP of sales, Roland Zelles who is based in Germany.
As the regional head of its worldwide field operations business group, Khoobchandani is responsible for territory sales and general management of the company in Asia Pacific. The company's territory sales teams in Southeast Asia, Greater China, Australia and New Zealand, India, Japan and South Korea will report to him, the spokesperson added.
Khoobchandani said that he had "an amazing experience" at REA, and that the business is "well poised" to go to new heights with the leadership and teams in place. The press statement added that new appointments will be announced shortly.
“Khoobchandani laid some important foundations for our businesses in the region. His effort and commitment have helped position iProperty.com.my as the market leader in Malaysia and iproperty.com.sg as the fastest growing property portal in Singapore," Henry Ruiz, REA Group Asia CEO, said.
In April, iProperty Group rebranded to REA Group Asia, following its acquisition by REA Group in 2016. The company said that it will adopt REA Group’s visual identity as its corporate brand identity, to reflect the company being part of an expanded global network. The rebranding affects Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Hong Kong for now, with a collaborative effort between the creative teams in Australia and the local team in Malaysia.
In a statement to A+M, REA Group Asia’s spokesperson said there will be no key personnel changes and all PR, creative and media work will be done in-house. He added that the company’s goal is to continue to break new ground, develop innovative solutions and provide a unique experience across all its touch-points.