December 12, 2007

Sofa Session: Sean Seah, GM of Zuji HK

Our last Web Wednesday event for 2007 (aptly named "Social Mixer V7.0") stepped out of the local internet community to pull in people from large multinational organisations. We were graced with the presence of media owners, Turner Broadcasting (CNN), National Geographic, TVB and Warner Brothers, as well as global ad agencies, JWT, Ogilvy One and Y&R/Wunderman.

Our guest for the sofa session was Sean Seah, General Manager of ZUJI Hong Kong. Sean confessed to being a "reformed lawyer" who "ditched legal for digital".

His new career began with test-driving cars for Toyota Australia but he was soon called in to market their Australian website - the first online car-sales site in the world - back in 1996. He then accelerated into the jet engine world helping Air New Zealand launch their e-commerce website, took a stint at a now defunct dotcom (BondsinAsia) and is now satisfying the travel needs of the "me" generation as head of ZUJI Hong Kong.

Sean explained how ZUJI benefits from being part of the Travelocity family, which includes in Europe and the traveler recommendation site igougo. He was most excited about web 2.0 adding a wealth of user generated content to the whole travel booking experience.

You can listen to the whole interview by clicking on the play button below.

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