People Roundup: Fang, Ringier Slovakia, PropertyGuru, OLX Group, Cian

April 16, 2024
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Fang CFO resigns

Peng Cui has resigned from his position as CFO at Chinese portal Fang to pursue other opportunities, after two years in the role.

Richard Jiangong Dai, chairman of the board, commented:

"I want to thank Peng for his leadership and his many contributions to Fang through this period of unprecedented change.

"He has played an important role helping the company to get through the tough times while building a strong finance team with deep expertise, and I remain as confident as ever in the future of Fang. On behalf of the board of directors and all Fang stakeholders, I want to wish Peng all the best in his future endeavors."

Fang is currently undergoing a privatization proposal led by Chairman Dai. Fang is the second largest marketplace in China, sandwiched between real estate portals Anjuke and KE Holdings (Beike).


OLX Group hires Christian Gisy as CEO, with incumbent set to retire

Christian Gisy is the new CEO of OLX Group, directing the company's strategy in Europe and South Africa for real estate brands including Otodom (Poland) and Property24 (South Africa), as well as marketplaces in other verticals.

He replaces Lydia Paterson, who intends to retire at the end of 2024 after an interim role at Prosus. She led the Group for seven years.

Gisy reports to Ervin Tu, interim CEO of Technology at Prosus, which owns OLX.


Ringier Slovakia hires new executive director

František Novák is the new executive director of Ringier Slovakia Media and Ringier Slovakia Communities, as of April.

František Novák has been promoted after 11 years with the company.

His new directive will be to oversee the day-to-day operational management and other business matters for Ringier Slovakia Media and Ringier Slovakia Communities, reporting to CEO Marek Václavík.

Ringer Slovakia operates no fewer than six classified portals in Slovakia, including real estate verticals,, Nehnuteľ,, and holiday rental site


PropertyGuru hires Kenneth Soh as country manager

Kenneth Soh is the new country manager for Malaysia at PropertyGuru, joining from e-commerce platform Shopee.

Soh will lead commercial operations for PropertyGuru's Malaysian assets— and

Soh succeeds Sheldon Fernandez, who leaves the company after filling the role for the previous nine years.


Cian appoints new non-executive member of the board

Russian real estate marketplace Cian has appointed Dmitry Sergienkov as a non-executive member of the Board.

Sergienkov serves as Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of HeadHunter and has a verifiable history in C-suite and M&A including a stint at JP Morgan Chase.

Maksim Melnikov, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Cian PLC, said:

"Dmitry brings to the Board a deep industry expertise, in particular in the areas of strategic development and capital markets.

"I am sure, that both his expertise and professional experience will be invaluable for the Board and the Company. We are delighted to have Dmitry with us and look forward to working together."

April 16, 2024
Harvey is an experienced property journalist and copywriter. He has written about the property industry since 2015, starting at The Property Franchise Group in the UK, before moving to Spain to work for Spotahome. He has blogged for the private rented sector, ghostwritten for UK property experts and written case studies for franchise owners around the UK. Harvey joined Online Marketplaces as a News Editor in 2022.

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