Fast-growing Airwallex makes two senior hires

Global fintech payments platform Airwallex has announced two senior appointments – David Bicknell and Joanne Chin – to support its rapid growth.

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

At Airwallex, Bicknell will oversee Airwallex’s financial planning and provide strategic and financial advice to the executive team. Before Facebook, Bicknell held finance leadership roles at Twitter and Intuit, supporting engineering and product teams. Bicknell started his career in the investment banking division at Macquarie, where he worked for nine years.

Meanwhile, former chief people officer at Kraft Heinz Asia Pacific, Joanne Chin has joined Airwallex as global head of people and talent, based in Melbourne. In this new role, Chin will spearhead Airwallex’s global HR team to help strengthen the company’s culture and values and build a strong employer brand to attract, retain and develop its growing workforce. Chin has also worked at global companies such as Google and Waymo in London and San Francisco. She started her career as a corporate lawyer for five years before moving into HR.

These key appointments follow a period of record business growth for Airwallex since reaching unicorn status in 2019. Recently, the company announced its US$200 million Series E fundraising round, valuing the company at US$4 billion.

Airwallex has nearly doubled its headcount in 2021 and employs almost 1,000 employees today in over 20 locations globally

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