Doubling down on talent and capability building to better support SMEs in the region
SINGAPORE–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Ant Group announced today the appointment of Mr. Jia Hang as the Regional General Manager for Southeast Asia. The newly created role extends Ant Group’s ongoing efforts to strengthen its talent and capability building in the region and its commitment to better support individuals and local and regional businesses, especially SMEs to ride the wave of the digital economy.
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Mr. Jia Hang, Regional General Manager for Southeast Asia, Ant Group (Photo: Business Wire)
Speaking of his appointment, Mr. Jia Hang said: “Amid a stronger push for businesses to recover and thrive by advancing digitally to innovate for the future, we must be right at where our customers are. Through continuous and close collaborations with both public and private sectors in the region, we are dedicated to helping local businesses succeed with our talents, know-how and digital capabilities.”
“Leveraging Alipay+, and together with an ecosystem of established industry partners, we are committed to supporting global merchants, including regional ones to better serve over one billion SEA consumers by connecting them with their favorite e-wallets and other mobile payment methods. We also look forward to contributing in nurturing local tech talents with initiatives such as 10×1000 Tech for Inclusioni,” he added.
Based in Singapore, Ant Group’s regional headquarter for Southeast Asia, Mr. Jia Hang is an industry veteran with more than 20 years of experience in payments and financial technology. He has played a number of important roles in Ant Group’s international operations since 2015. His most recent responsibilities include overseeing the global operation of WorldFirst, a leader in international business payments, and leading the payments solution team to support global and regional e-commerce marketplaces.
About Ant Group
Ant Group aims to create the infrastructure and platform to support the digital transformation of the service industry. It strives to enable all consumers and small and micro businesses to have equal access to financial and other services that are inclusive, green and sustainable.
Ant Group is the owner and operator of Alipay, the leading digital payment platform in China serving hundreds of millions of users, and connecting them with merchants and partner financial institutions that offer inclusive financial services and digital daily life services such as food delivery, transport, entertainment, and healthcare.
Ant Group has further introduced Alipay+, which provides global cross-border mobile payments and marketing solutions that connect merchant partners, especially small and medium-sized businesses, with mobile payments and other payment methods, for them to better serve their users and customers from all over the world.
i About 10×1000
10×1000 Tech for Inclusion is an open and global fintech training platform that enables learners to become drivers of digital economic growth. Its mission is to train 1,000 emerging talents and tech leaders each year for the next ten years. 10×1000 is a philanthropic initiative launched jointly by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, and Alipay in 2018.
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