Former Publicis Media executive Ken Mandel has joined Grab as regional head of its advertising offering, GrabAds, the company has confirmed.
"[Mandel] will work with GrabAds' clients to create hyper-personalised experiences for consumers and grow Grab's advertising offerings including fleet advertising and in-app customer engagement," a spokesperson said.
Mandel departed his role as president of innovation and commerce at Publicis Media APAC in February. He declined to comment for this article.
Grab is a data-rich company, with info on a reported 100 million users. And with marketers in need of solid data sets to drive their activities, especially mobile-derived data (see "APAC's digital-data deficit, and what to do about it"), the company could find a ready market for such assets.
The Grab spokesperson said that the company's approach is to form data partnerships with brands to create contextual content and relevant experiences. "Any data that we share will be anonymised and aggregated", the spokesperson added.
Grab, which acquired Uber's business in Southeast Asia earlier this year, has interests in financial services, as well as transport. In recent weeks the company got a $250 million investment from Hyundai Motor Group to promote electric vehicles, made a deal with MasterCard to deliver prepaid cards to users via its app, and just last week announced a service for wallet-to-wallet e-payments.
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This story has been updated following Grab providing comments.