Visa announced today the appointment of Paulina Leong as General Manager of Visa Hong Kong and Macau, effective immediately. Paulina has over 18 years of experience working in the payments industry. Most recently, Paulina was Visa's Head of Client Relationship Management for Hong Kong and Macau, leading the business development team to drive client engagement efforts, and the development and execution of Visa's market strategy. In her new role, Paulina will be responsible for leading Visa's business growth and operations in Hong Kong and Macau.
Shirley Yu, Visa's Group General Manager for Greater China, expressed her delight in having Paulina lead their team in Hong Kong and Macau as General Manager. "Forming part of the Greater China region, the team in Hong Kong and Macau has done an excellent job in deepening our presence and pioneering payment innovation. Paulina's in-depth knowledge about Visa, Hong Kong, and Macau will drive our business agenda with clients, consumers, and government partners, in line with our purpose to uplift everyone, everywhere by being the best way to pay and be paid."
Paulina Leong, General Manager of Visa Hong Kong and Macau, spoke about her excitement in taking on the role and leading Visa's businesses and operations in Hong Kong and Macau, which are fascinating and fast-growing. She looks forward to working closely with their partners, fintechs, the regulator, and all stakeholders to help accelerate business growth and enable individuals, businesses, and economies to thrive. Since joining Visa in 2007, Paulina has held a number of roles including Business Development for Global Client Management in the North Asia region; Business Development for Hong Kong and Macau clients, and Emerging Products and Technology managing the commercialization of Visa solutions in Hong Kong and the Philippines.
Paulina was born and grew up in Macau, and was educated in the United Kingdom and Canada. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in Management Information Systems from McGill University. Visa is a world leader in digital payments, facilitating transactions between consumers, merchants, financial institutions, and government entities across more than 200 countries and territories. Their mission is to connect the world through the most innovative, convenient, reliable, and secure payments network, enabling individuals, businesses, and economies to thrive. They believe that economies that include everyone everywhere uplift everyone everywhere and see access as foundational to the future of money movement.