Wednesday, 29 September 2021 16:02

Airwallex boosts executive ranks with two hires


Melbourne-based fintech unicorn Airwallex has hired Joanne Chin as its senior vice president and global head of people and talent, and David Bicknell as global senior vice president of finance.

“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 Airwallex co-founder and CEO Jack Zhang.

“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.”

Joanne Chin joins Airwallex from Kraft Heinz Asia Pacific, where she worked as chief people officer.

She previously served as Waymo's head of people after spending four years in senior HR positions at Google.

Chin started her career as a lawyer with Allens, before moving into HR with the firm.

She holds bachelor's degrees in laws and commerce from Monash University.

"Building a phenomenal culture with strong leadership and talented, passionate people is what I love doing. Airwallex has seen incredible success since it was founded, and I could not be more excited to have the opportunity to help Airwallex scale even further by building a culture that inspires our people and accelerates our mission," said Chin.


David Bicknell joins Airwallex from Facebook, where he worked as one of the company's finance directors.

He previously held a similar role at Twitter, worked as a senior finance leader at Intuit, and spent nine years with Macquarie Capital as vice president of corporate finance in Canada and Australia.

Bicknell holds an honours degree in commerce from the University of Melbourne, and a master's in finance from INSEAD. He is also a chartered accountant, and a member of the University of Melbourne Faculty of Industry and Commerce's advisory board.

“Airwallex’s global payments infrastructure helps increase market access for businesses of all sizes around the world. I’m very excited to be joining Airwallex and supporting this vital mission. In my new role, I look forward to working closely with the Airwallex’s executive team to drive the company’s continued business growth," said Bicknell.

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