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Ant Group appoints new regional head for Southeast Asia

Jia Hang is stepping into the newly created role of regional general manager for Southeast Asia at Ant Group, the owner and operator of Alipay and an affiliate company of Alibaba Group. 

The appointment reflects the company’s ongoing efforts to strengthen its talent and capability building in the region and its commitment to supporting individuals and local and regional businesses, especially SMEs, to ride the wave of the digital economy. 

Hang said it is crucial for Ant Group to be where its 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,” he said.

An industry veteran with more than 20 years of experience in payments and financial technology, Hang 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.

Hang will be based in Singapore, Ant Group’s regional headquarter for Southeast Asia. 

Blooms The Chemist names new COO

Blooms The Chemist has a new chief operating officer, Pamela Bishop.

In the newly created role, Bishop will report directly to Emmanuel Vavoulas, the company’s CEO. She will also oversee daily operations including retail, merchandising, pharmacy, people and culture. 

“After starting out in stores, I’ve been fortunate to have worked in various departments across the business. Together with my team, we will drive profitability, execute the company strategy, develop more purpose-led business activities and prioritise initiatives that will create the greatest customer impact,” Bishop said.

She has more than 20 years of experience in the pharmacy industry of which 16 years were spent at Blooms The Chemist.

LSKD bolsters marketing department

Queensland-based activewear brand LSKD has hired Mike Doyle as its new head of marketing. Announcing the appointment on LinkedIn last week, LSKD said he would take the brand’s marketing activities to the next level. 

Doyle has accumulated over 15 years of marketing and advertising experience at well-known home-grown start-ups as well as big international brands. His previous roles include head of marketing at City Beach, head of commercial marketing at Brisbane Airport, and CMO at Verve Fitness. 

“LSKD has a set of values that feel like they’ve been plucked straight out of my brain, a team that’s incredibly talented, on-point product, plus a deeply loyal and growing community, but none of this is for show, LSKD is built to go,” Doyle wrote on LinkedIn. “I am so excited to chase the vibe!”

PepsiCo names new New Zealand chief

PepsiCo New Zealand has appointed Michelle Cassettari as its general manager. 

Prior to her new role, Cassettari spent 14 years working in various customer-facing roles with brands including Unilever, Cadbury, Schweppes and SPC Ardmona. She joined the Australian team as a sales director for its national Woolworths business in 2018.

She will focus on developing product innovation for the company’s New Zealand brand snackfood brand Bluebird. 

“As one of the largest snack food manufacturers in the country, ensuring better impact on New Zealand will be a focus for me and the team,” she said.

PepsiCo ANZ CEO, Kyle Faulconer said that Cassettari has consistently delivered exceptional results for both customers and businesses. 

“I am confident in Michelle’s ability to lead our Kiwi business and continue to build on the excellent growth and results we are seeing in the New Zealand market.”

She starts her new role next month.

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