Tuesday, 30 May 2017 17:40

PayPal poaches UK airline exec to Australia

Anthony Drury, PayPal Anthony Drury, PayPal

PayPal went offshore to find a new executive for its business in Australia, with former EasyJet UK senior manager Anthony Drury appointed to the newly created role of head of business to business.

Drury has joined PayPal Australia with the title of director enterprise business after previously working for EasyJet, and for American Express where he held senior positions over 12 years with the company.

He is responsible for leading PayPal’s sales, relationship management and strategic growth with enterprise customers.

Libby Roy, vice-president and managing director for PayPal Australia, said Drury’s strong record in sales and strategy development would be a great asset to the PayPal Australia business.

{loadposition}“We are excited to bring a leader of this calibre into the PayPal Australia business. Anthony’s passion and drive for results make him an excellent addition to the PayPal Australia leadership team.

“As we face an increasingly competitive environment, we must innovate how we approach our sales, relationship management and strategic growth activities and Anthony is the perfect person to execute our vision.”

Roy said Drury had business development experience across a wide range of international businesses and industries including aviation, travel and tourism, payments, ecommerce and engineering, and was also an experienced non-executive director, having held positions on boards across a range of industries including tourism and technology.

“I am excited to be joining PayPal at a time of unprecedented change and innovation. I look forward to further enhancing the already strong strategies PayPal Australia has in place,” Drury said.

Roy said PayPal globally was experiencing a period of growth and in Q4, 2016, the company facilitated 1.8 billion payments, up 23% on the previous quarter, as well as US$99 billion in total payment volume, up 26%.

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