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Sea’s Billionaire CEO to Forgo Salary as Cost Cuts Spread

  • Singapore tech giant faces pressure to reach profitability
  • Stock plunge has left shareholders questioning Sea’s strategy
Forrest Li
Forrest LiPhotographer: Wei Leng Tay/Bloomberg
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Sea Ltd.’s top management will forgo their salaries and tighten company expense policies, as the Singapore gaming and e-commerce giant tries to shield itself from the economic slowdown threatening tech companies.

“The leadership team has decided that we will not take any cash compensation until the company reaches self-sufficiency,” Chief Executive Officer Forrest Li said in an internal memo sent to staff Thursday, days after Sea shut down operations in some markets and trimmed staff across its divisions. “We can now see that this is not a quickly passing storm: these negative conditions will likely persist into the medium term.”