Oath APAC parts ways with MD Alex Khan as Verizon lays off 4 per cent of staff globally

Oath – the media giant formed from AOL and Yahoo – is to part ways with managing director for Asia-Pacific, Alex Khan.


Khan’s departure coincides with a raft of job cuts by Oath’s parent company Verizon, which are said to have affected four per cent of Oath’s staff globally.

The move comes five months after US telco Verizon closed its $4.5 billion acquisition of Yahoo! Following the acquisition’s completion, Verizon brought together its media properties – including those of AOL, which the telco bought in 2015 – under the Oath brand in June. As well as Yahoo, they include Tumblr, HuffPost, TechCrunch and Engadget.

Singapore-based Khan had been AOL’s managing director for APAC since December 2015, and was announced as the MD for Oath APAC platforms in June. Previously Khan was the South East Asian MD for AdapTV, which was acquired by AOL in 2013.

He will be replaced by Yahoo!’s Erin Chao, who was previously the senior director of ad solutions, insights and platform development for APAC and has worked for the company for 11 years. She will now take on the title of head of platforms APAC for Oath.

Erin Chao

Mumbrella Asia also understands that Oath has also parted ways with another senior figure, Caroline Troman, who has acted as the head and director of Yahoo!’s programmatic sales since 2012. Upon the merger, she was promoted to commercial director for AOL’s regional platforms, but is understood to be in the process of leaving the company.

An Oath spokesperson said: “Alex Khan is leaving Oath. Alex played a key role in extending our global footprint in the South East Asia region. We thank him for his leadership and wish him well in his new endeavours.”

“Going forward, Erin Chao will lead the platforms team for Oath in South East Asia. Erin has over 20 years of experience. She has delivered innovative experiences and solutions for our users and clients in the region and forged strategic relationships with key industry players here.

“In addition, Rico Chan will continue to lead the business for SEA, India and Hong Kong. Oath’s strategy is to build brands one billion users around the world love, and South East Asia is one of our most important markets. We remain committed to our clients and partners here in SEA and will continue to grow our team across our priority business units.”

Oath refused to comment further on Troman’s departure.

The departures come just days after Oath announced its plans to bring its content and VR studio RYOT to Singapore. 



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