POPS Worldwide Expands into Indonesia with Alibaba and Tencent’s Zico Kemala Batin as Country Manager

POPS Worldwide Expands into Indonesia with Alibaba and Tencent’s Zico Kemala Batin as Country Manager

POPS 09/30/2020

POPS is set to expand into Indonesia, marking its latest move amidst aggressive expansion across Southeast Asia. As of September 19, 2020, POPS will begin its efforts to bring Indonesians the platform enjoyed by their regional neighbours in nearby Vietnam, Thailand, and Singapore.

The expansion into the country begins with partnerships alongside Indonesia’s top talent. With the success of POPS’ multi-platform network in other countries across the region, POPS Indonesia will echo a similar model of talent recruitment, bringing its audience and brand partners best-in-class content solutions and entertainment. POPS Indonesia’s video-on-demand streaming service, POPS App, will go live early 2021, offering a new interactive digital experience fueled by hyper-local entertainment and fresh POPS originals ranging from music, animation, live-action and e-Sports content. POPS is confident that its unique combination of digital entertainment services will bode well in Indonesia, serving ripely into the demands one of the most robust markets globally.

To spearhead its operational, strategic development and growth in the country, POPS has appointed Zico Kemala Batin as Country Manager. With over 13 years of experience in the digital entertainment business, Zico has helped scale startups and major corporate enterprises including Universal Music Group, Tencent Mobility, and Alibaba. He has participated in developing, launching, and monetizing Joox in Indonesia as well as Alibaba’s acquisition and integration of UCWeb and its extensive online media across the country. Specializing in business development, strategic partnerships, sales, and a multitude of other skills that make him the perfect match for the role, Zico has built powerful connections across industries in Indonesia. POPS is expected to quickly grow and have a big impact on the market under his leadership.

Zico Kemala Batin - Country Manager

Zico Kemala Batin – Country Manager of Indonesia

Recently asked about the opportunity, he stated: “The Indonesian market is a battlefield for POPS expansion in Southeast Asia and I am honoured and excited to be leading the charge as I feel now is the perfect time. With POPS empowering grassroots strategy, emphasis on strong technology, and quality content, I’m confident POPS will be the next big thing in Indonesian market.”

Regional Director, Bani Tan had similar confidence regarding the challenging yet promising road ahead. “With huge successes across Thailand, Vietnam, and Singapore, we are excited to now jump into the Indonesian market and meet the challenge head-on. With the amazing help and experience of Zico, our proven strategy of ‘thinking globally while acting hyper-locally’, and the resulting quality content that is both relevant and localized to each community, we believe that POPS Indonesia will quickly become yet another POPS success.”

Mr. Bani Tan - POPS Regional Operations Director

Regional Director, Bani Tan

POPS’ founder and CEO Esther Nguyen commented, ‘We strongly feel that POPS Indonesia will be a great success for the platform. With Zico’s impressive and extensive experience and network, we’re confident he will be able to carry out the POPS vision in Indonesia. We believe POPS Indonesia will be just as big as it has been across Vietnam, Thailand, and Singapore. We’re so excited to be expanding into the new market and to see what the future holds for POPS Indonesia.

Esther Nguyen - CEO of POPS

POPS’ founder and CEO Esther Nguyen