PayPal Australia imports new MD

PayPal Australia imports new MD

Summary: PayPal Australia has brought in fresh blood from the US to run its local operations after the departure of Frerk-Malte Feller late last year.

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PayPal Australia has brought in fresh blood from the US to run its local operations after the departure of Frerk-Malte Feller late last year.

Jeff Clementz

Jeff Clementz
(Credit: PayPal Australia)

PayPal Australia announced today that the new man in the local hot seat will be Jeff Clementz. Clementz hails from the company's headquarters in California, and has spent nearly a decade with the company, heading up the merchant risk policy and strategy, risk product infrastructure, consumer protections and consumer product-management teams.

His most recent job, according to PayPal, was the head of operational excellence for global customer service and operations.

Clementz said that he is keen to get underway in the evolving Australian payments space.

"I am delighted to be taking on this new role in Australia. As the Australian retail and payments landscape changes, there are huge opportunities for PayPal to support and enable commerce in the new environment. I look forward to working with my colleagues and industry partners to address these changes," Clementz said of his appointment.

PayPal Australia recently joined the international arm of the company in launching PayPal Here, a physical card payments dongle that can be plugged in to Apple and Android smartphones to facilitate transactions on the go.

Total sign-ups at this point are unclear, but PayPal Australia did tell ZDNet Australia that in the first 24 hours of the product's availability, there were over 1000 registrations of interest for the Here product.

Clementz's appointment also garnered kind words of support from the company's senior vice president of Asia Pacific, Rupert Keeley, who said that Clementz "brings with him the type of expertise that will be integral to leading the development of our Australian business, as we enable payments online, on mobile and in store".

"PayPal plays a leading role in Australia's advanced and rapidly growing online commerce market, enjoying a large domestic base of 4.5 million active customer accounts," he added.

Topics: IT Employment, E-Commerce, Government AU

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