Fintech Airwallex strengthens global executive team with key senior hires

Joanne Chin. Airwallex's New Global Head, People and Talent

Airwallex, a fast growing global fintech platform announced two senior appointments to support the significant expansion across its business as it extends its global footprint. 

Collectively, these senior executives bring close to four decades of multinational HR and finance expertise, further bolstering Airwallex’s global executive team.

The appointments follow a period of record business growth for Airwallex since reaching unicorn status and announced a US$200 million Series E round, valuing it at US$4 billion. 

Airwallex hires senior staff for its global executive team

Joanne Chin, SVP Global Head of People and Talent

The former Chief People Officer at Kraft Heinz Asia Pacific, Joanne Chin is joining Airwallex to fill the role of Global Head, People and Talent based in Melbourne, Australia.

Joanne will spearhead Airwallex’s global HR team to strengthen the company’s culture and values and build a strong employer brand to attract, retain and develop its workforce.

Joanne has also worked at global companies such as Google and Waymo in London and San Francisco. Joanne started her career as a corporate lawyer for five years before moving into HR.

David Bicknell, Global SVP Finance

After managing a global finance team at Facebook, David returned to Melbourne after seven years in San Francisco to take the helm of Airwallex’s global finance division.

David will oversee Airwallex’s financial planning, advice and strategy to the executive. Prior to Facebook, he held roles at Twitter and Intuit‘s engineering and product teams.

He started his career in the investment banking division at Macquarie, for 9 years.

“I am delighted to welcome Joanne and David to our global executive team. Both bring invaluable experience and expertise to support Airwallex’s accelerated growth and innovation across the entire business,” said Jack Zhang, Co-founder and CEO at Airwallex. 

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“With our rapid global expansion, investing in our people and culture as well as driving business efficiencies is important to our continued success.”

“These are exciting times for us at Airwallex, and I am confident our new senior hires will create an immediate and lasting impact in our business and for our people.”

Airwallex has nearly doubled its employee headcount in 2021 and employs almost a thousand employees currently in over twenty locations around the world.

The company has invested in building breadth and depth in its global executive team with recent high-profile executive appointments of its Chief Legal, Compliance and Risk Officer, SVP Brand, Communications and Partnerships, and General Manager of EMEA.