After digital media company Mashable closed its sale to Ziff Davis this week, it began retrenching its staff in its offices around the world and is set to close its Asia Pacific office in Singapore.
According to Recode, Mashable’s founder Pete Cashmore announced the job cuts to staff in a memo. “It is never easy to see colleagues and friends depart the company. While such decisions are difficult and painful, I can assure you they were made only after very careful consideration and based on what we firmly believe will provide Mashable with a strategy and structure that will drive a successful, sustainable and profitable future,” wrote Cashmore.
While it is not clear the exact number of staff Mashable is cutting, staff took to Twitter to announce their departure, including its APAC editor Victoria Ho. Cashmore meanwhile, is staying on together with editor-in-chief Jessica Coen.
As for me, I can't thank my timezone buddies more for the warmest work environment. You don't know how much I'll miss it. Best boss @TheRealKSD and thank you @nycjim and @AmandaWills for hiring me to start things 2.5 years ago. Truly grateful.
— Victoria Ho (@vickiho) December 6, 2017
I was laid off from @Mashable today. Grateful to all my awesome coworkers who made it an amazing 3 years. Also if anyone is looking to hire an advertising/tech/business reporter I'd love to hear about it
— Patrick Kulp (@PatrickKulp) December 5, 2017
Mashable’s former director of strategy and business development for APAC, Gwendolyn Regina, left the company in August, according to her LinkedIn, a month before reports emerged that the company was looking for a buyer.
During her time with Mashable, Regina helped the company signed a content deal with Tencent to launch Mashable China in early 2017.