GoBear, Asia’s leading financial services and data platform has announced the appointment of Kent Huang, as Chief Financial Officer, effective 24 August. With over two decades of finance experience across the Asia Pacific region, Kent joins GoBear from Singapore-based peer-to-peer lending platform, Funding Societies.
During his career, Kent has worked across a diverse range of industries including e-commerce, fintech, healthcare, and Software as a Service (SaaS). He has held senior finance positions at companies such as GE, PayPal and Intuit and most recently served as Group Head of Finance for APAC at Funding Societies.
Reporting directly to GoBear CEO, Adrian Chng, Kent will be based in Singapore and will be a key member of GoBear’s Executive Management team. He will be responsible for GoBear’s financial, legal and regulatory activities and helping accelerate the business’ next phase of growth. Kent will replace outgoing GoBear CFO, Frank Stevenaar.
“Following our recent funding round, GoBear is accelerating the expansion of our financial services platform across three growth pillars: an online financial supermarket, digital insurance brokerage, and digital lending, all built on a strong foundation of alternative data. With this rapid expansion, it’s crucial that we have on board a strong senior team and Kent brings with him a hands-on approach to building and scaling businesses by developing strategic initiatives that deliver measurable results across an organisation. We’re looking forward to tapping in to his expertise,” commented Adrian Chng, CEO of GoBear.
“I’m driven by a personal goal to make a positive impact on society and help others achieve their financial aspirations. The prospect of contributing to GoBear’s mission of improving people’s financial health is close to my heart and I’m very excited to get started,” added Kent Huang.
In line with the team’s vision for its next stage of growth, GoBear also strengthened its senior management by welcoming Valeriy Gasratov as Chief Information Technology Officer, Jinnee Lim as Chief Strategy Officer in March, and Mike Singh from AsiaKredit as Chief Lending Officer in May.