ByteDance has hired Julie Gao, a prominent name in the legal sector, as its new chief financial officer, filling a role that had been vacant for months after the TikTok owner put its IPO plan on hold last year. The appointment of a new CFO has revived market speculation about a potential ByteDance IPO, although a spokesperson for the company denied any imminent listing plans when Bloomberg inquired about the matter. Gao, former head of the China practice at international law firm Skadden, led the IPOs of internet giants including JD, Baidu, and Didi. She also worked with ByteDance for its acquisition of TikTok predecessor and game developer Moonton. She will work out of ByteDance’s offices in Hong Kong and Singapore, according to the company. [Bloomberg]