PayPal is boosting its leadership in Asia today with the addition of Visa exec Rupert Keeley. Keeley is joining eBay-owned PayPal to run its payments business in the Asia Pacific market.
This is a win for PayPal because Keeley has significant experience in managing payments services in Asia and other international markets. Prior to joining PayPal, Keeley served as President for the International businesses of Visa, where he was responsible for all of Visa’s businesses outside the Americas. He also previously was the Group President of Asia Pacific regions of Visa, and head of strategy and corporate development at Visa. Prior to joining Visa in 1999, he worked for Standard Chartered PLC.
PayPal president Scott Thompson says that the company’s Asia Pacific business is growing faster than any other market in the world, especially in China. He adds that e-commerce markets in Australia and Japan also represent potential for the business.
At PayPal, Keeley will will drive PayPal’s ‘aggressive regional growth strategy,’ work on adding new talent, and will develop relationships with customers and partners in Asia.
For more on Visa’s future payments strategy, read How Visa Plans To Dominate Mobile Payments, Create The Digital Wallet And More.