Hongkong, 3 Mar 2000 - chinadotcom corporation (Nasdaq: CHINA) is further expanding its operations in Singapore through its ongoing recruitment programme in anticipation of explosive growth in demand for e-business and Internet advertising services.
"The move is part of chinadotcom's commitment to invest in local talent; finding the right local people on the ground who can deliver tailored e-business Internet solutions and content to customers and Internet communities," said Peter Hamilton Chief Operating Officer of chinadotcom corporation. "It underlines our desire to be a leader in building the Internet in Asia from the grass roots up."
Commencing local operations in June 1999, the Web Connection has swiftly added to its ranks in Singapore and now has a team of 50 professionals. The Web Connection is now formally opening an office to give it a stronger platform from which to offer Internet-based business solutions to Asian corporations. It is anticipated that staff numbers will continue to rise rapidly this year.
In Asia, the Web Connection has an unrivalled blue-chip client base that includes HSBC, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, General Motors, Samsung, Procter & Gamble and Cathay Pacific. As an e-business integrator, the Web Connection has developed numerous winning e-business solutions for clients. For example, through a multimedia-rich website, the Web Connection helped General Motors conduct e-commerce in Taiwan, allowing General Motors to sell over 100 vehicles in a 6-month period online.
In the instance of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, through Web Connection solutions, KLM's customers can purchase tickets online, experience personalized travel planning services and get involved in the airline's online promotions and competitions.
Another of chinadotcom's wholly-owned subsidiaries, 24/7 Media Asia is celebrating its first anniversary by expanding its operations in Singapore. Its network of over 500 major website affiliates attracts many of the best known local and international brands wanting to advertise online in Asia.
The Web Connection and 24/7 Media Asia constitute the first and last components of chinadotcom's unique and successful investment-driven "Build, Distribute, Sell" business model, a model that forms the basis of the company's operations across 10 Asian markets.
"We believe that by boosting chinadotcom's operations in Singapore, we are substantially reinforcing our ability to offer the best possible online solutions to businesses and advertisers in South East Asia," Mr. Hamilton continued. "Across the region, the Internet is enjoying explosive growth. By expanding our regional presence we will be perfectly positioned to capitalize on the enormous potential of the Internet in the region."
"Investing in the talents of our people has always been one of our top priorities and it continues to be essential to further strengthening our business. New employees will be able to draw on the knowledge and skills developed from a team of over a thousand people in 24 offices across Asia." Mr. Hamilton is reviewing the company's Singapore operations today while he is attending the Internet World Asia Industry Awards.