Retail in Asia


Ant Group appoints new regional head for Southeast Asia

Ant Group, the owner and operator of Alipay, announced on 23rd March the appointment of Jia Hang as the Regional General Manager for Southeast Asia. The newly created role extends Ant Group’s efforts to strengthen its talent and capability building in the region and its commitment to better support individuals as well as local and regional businesses, especially SMEs.

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Based in Singapore, Ant Group’s regional headquarter for Southeast Asia, 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, an international business payment solution, and leading the payments solution team to support global and regional e-commerce marketplaces.

Speaking of his appointment, 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.”

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“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 Inclusion,” he added.