(Yicai Global) Nov. 30 -- Alibaba fintech affiliate Ant Financial Services has installed the former head of the Chinese tech giant's cloud computing arm as president, filling a role that had been vacant for two years.
Ant Financial Chief Executive and Chairman Eric Jing extended a warm welcome to the incoming Simon Hu in an emailed statement from the Hangzhou-based Alipay operator, referring to the move as a major upgrade for the firm's structure.
The company's former CEO Peng Lei stepped down from his role in October 2016 on the second anniversary of the company's founding, leaving Jing to succeed him and the president position had remained vacant ever since. Hu's arrival marks the second major shift in the company's management this year after Jing replaced Peng as chairman in April.
Jing expects Hu's arrival to bring new breakthroughs for the development of the company's inclusive finance and credit system, and promote cooperation in the fintech field.
Hu started his career in the banking sector, holding positions at China Construction Bank, China Everbright Bank as well as other financing institutions. He joined Alibaba in 2005 and in 2009, started Alibaba Small and Micro Financial Services, the predecessor of Zhejiang E-Commerce Bank, known as MYBank. He led the merger of Alibaba Small and Micro Financial Services with Alipay in 2013 and Ant Financial Services was formed the year after.
Hu's return to the financial sector reflects the company's technological strategy, company insiders say, and they expect him to draw on his expertise from AliCloud to drive the company forward.
Editor: William Clegg