Ryde Group names Suraj Raj as Group Corporate Communications & Branding Manager

Ryde Group has appointed Suraj Raj as the new Group Corporate Communications & Branding Manager. Suraj, who brings over 14 years of experience in marketing, strategic communications, PR, and brand management, will be based in Singapore.Suraj previously led the communications and branding initiatives for the Renewables & Sustainability business units at Surbana Jurong Group, where he was instrumental in enhancing the company's market presence and sustainability efforts. His extensive experience across various industries positions him well to drive Ryde’s communications strategy.At Ryde, Suraj will oversee the marketing team, focusing on elevating brand awareness, managing media relations, and implementing impactful communication strategies. His role will also encompass promoting sustainability initiatives, a key area of focus for the company as it continues to expand its footprint in the mobility and quick commerce sectors.This appointment comes at a pivotal time for Ryde Group, which has recently seen a significant surge in its stock price following its IPO earlier this year on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). The company, headquartered in Singapore, provides a range of mobility solutions including on-demand and scheduled carpooling and ride-hailing services, as well as quick commerce and digital payment services through RydePay.Ryde Group’s recent partnerships, such as the collaboration with Mobile-health Network Solutions to enhance telehealth services, and its secondary share listings in Frankfurt and Stuttgart, underscore its commitment to growth and innovation in the mobility sector. The company’s stock has been performing well, reflecting investor confidence in its strategic direction and market potential??.

SJ Group names Marco Sparmberg to lead marketing, comm efforts

Surbana Jurong Group (SJ Group) has named Marco Sparmberg as Senior Director, Global Marketing and Communications. Karen Yew will oversee corporate affairs. Both will report directly to Group CEO Sean Chiao.This aligns with SJ Group's ongoing efforts in brand rejuvenation and digital transformation, enhancing its global operations.In this new role, Marco Sparmberg will be responsible for developing and executing strategies to elevate SJ’s brand presence worldwide, enhance its reputation as a problem-solving leader, and highlight the achievements of its people and projects.Sparmberg’s responsibilities include content creation, innovative campaign execution across various branding platforms, media outreach, and social media engagement. He will also support change management, campus placemaking, and employer branding initiatives. Additionally, he will guide the marketing and communications team leads within SJ’s business lines to ensure a consistent brand narrative.Before joining SJ Group, Sparmberg was instrumental in developing the integrated content and social media strategy at DBS Bank. There, he created an in-house brand publisher model that produced content series showcasing the bank’s community, sustainability, culture, and heritage initiatives, including their ventures into the metaverse.Prior to his tenure at DBS, Sparmberg led the digital business transformation at Mediacorp, focusing on audience development and social media strategy as a founding member of its digital group.With a career spanning Singapore, Germany, the UK, and Hong Kong, Sparmberg has utilized his transmedia storytelling skills to transform brand communications.“Sparmberg's wealth of experience, fresh perspectives, and rare blend of expertise in digital transformation and brand rejuvenation uniquely position us to navigate the future of our brand with confidence and agility,” said Sean Chiao, group CEO, SJ Group.“"I’m excited about the opportunity to build SJ Group’s brand globally and creating genuine connections with our clients and communities. From building a million homes in Singapore and engineering the world’s longest tunnel 10,000 feet above sea level in India, to providing the environmental design for Google King’s Cross and the rain vortex at Jewel Changi, SJ Group is involved in some of the world’s most iconic projects," said Sparmberg.