Revolut Gobbles Up Former Uber Eats Executive As Singapore Launch Looms

Revolut Gobbles Up Former Uber Eats Executive As Singapore Launch Looms

by March 25, 2019

Just a few years ago, everyone and their mothers in tech wanted to brand themselves as “the Uber of [insert industry]”. It was an easy shorthand to refer to an agile new business looking to overthrow entrenched establishments in an age where disruption was the name of the game.

Despite recent controversies, Revolut’s Nikolay Storonsky does not shy away from his goal of turning the neo-bank into the “Uber of financial services”, even appointing a former Uber Head of Regional Operations, Eddie Lee, to head Revolut’s regional operations in Asia Pacific.

According to his LinkedIn, Eddie Lee was most recently heading up operations for Uber Eats in Asia Pacific, which probably went by the wayside when Uber confirmed its exit from Southeast Asia.

In Revolut, Eddie is tasked with overseeing operations in Asia Pacific, focusing particularly on expanding the company’s presence and building teams across the region. Revolut claims that Eddie is familiar with the “rocket ship growth and scale”, with experience in launching in new markets. Revolut was particularly taken by Eddie’s tenure at Uber Eats.

With recent licenses in Singapore and Japan and an Asian takeover a gleam in Nikolay’s eye, the appointment of Eddie Lee is its first Asia-specific management hire in Revolut’s recent flurry of new hires. Eddie would probably be tasked with filling up Revolut’s Asia Pacific headquarters set in Singapore.

Alan Chang, Vice President of Operations said:

“Hiring talent with international experience in fast-growing technology companies is our priority for moving fast into new markets.”

Revolut’s hiring spree in the past few months include Soups Ranjan previously at Coinbase, who joined Revolut as Director of Financial Crime Risk. Andre Mohamed, previously CTO and a co-founder of Freetrade, who was appointed as Director of Wealth & Trading Product, while Christopher Singh also joined Revolut to lead the Regulatory Compliance team, after spending nearly a decade at the FCA.

Revolut finished with an assertion that it is on track to launch in Singapore, Australia and Japan within the upcoming “first half of 2019” deadline the company placed for itself. Revolut now has over 150,000 customers on its waiting lists for new international markets in Asia Pacific and North America.

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