People Digest: Maya, GLP, Animoca Brands announce key appointments

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Philippine fintech platform Maya has named Aayush Jhunjhunwala as CIO while logistics real estate investor GLP has appointed Jennifer Weitzel as president, global data centre business. Meanwhile, Hong Kong-based blockchain and game venture Animoca Brands has named Alan Lau as chief business officer.

Aayush Jhunjhunwala to join Maya as CIO 

Maya, the all-in-one money platform that is bringing Filipinos bolder ways to master their money, has appointed former director of Citigroup Aayush Jhunjhunwala as chief investment officer (CIO), according to his Linkedin post.

In this role, he will be responsible for capital raise, M&A and strategy to drive growth forward. “Maya has built a leading fintech business in the Philippines and we are just getting started. Super excited to join this rocketship,” he said.

Jhunjhunwala, who has 16 years of experience in investment banking, was managing director at Bank of America Merrill Lynch for a year. Earlier, he had worked for over 15 years at Citigroup in leadership roles.

Maya is powered by the country’s only end-to-end digital payments company PayMaya Philippines, Inc. and Maya Bank, Inc. for digital banking services.

Maya Bank, Inc. and PayMaya Philippines, Inc. are regulated by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.

GLP appoints Jennifer Weitzel as President

Logistics real estate investor GLP has appointed Jennifer Weitzel as president, global data centre business.

In her role, Weitzel will directly lead strategy, growth and operations of GLP’s data centre business across Japan, Europe and the Americas, and partner with GLP’s IDC team in China to establish a leading global business within the data centre space.

GLP has been investing in data centres since 2018, with existing assets that will provide in excess of 2 gigawatts (GW) of IT load capacity across the APAC region and over 500 megawatts (MW) across Europe and the Americas.

Weitzel will be assisted by experienced leaders skilled in the entire data centre lifecycle from acquisition, development, business development and investment, and well-supported by dedicated investment and fund management teams to drive performance and value for both customers and investors.

She brings over two decades of experience leading world-class infrastructure teams supporting growth at Microsoft, Digital Realty, Tesco, British Airport Authority and Walmart across North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, the Middle-East and Africa. Prior to Microsoft, Jennifer spent seven years at Digital Realty in various executive leadership roles.

Ming Mei, co-founder and CEO of GLP, said, “Data creation and demand for cloud services are rapidly expanding to support the acceleration of digital transformation across many sectors of the economy. Jennifer’s appointment is an important one as GLP seeks to grow and enhance our international data centre footprint, building on our successful platform in China where we have over 20 active IDC projects in operation and development.”

Animoca Brands names Alan Lau as chief business officer

Hong Kong-based blockchain and game venture Animoca Brands has named Alan Lau as chief business officer.

Lau, who was CEO and chairman at Tencent’s in-house insurance agency WeSure, wrote on his Linkedin that in his new role, he will oversee a portfolio of 300+ companies, and lead M&A and business development at Animoca Brands.

At WeSure, Lau and his team have served over 100 million WeChat users, and provided affordable medical, life and property coverages to millions of families in China. Before joining Tencent, he also held positions at McKinsey and Citibank.

Animoca Brands leverages gamification, blockchain and artificial intelligence technologies to develop and publish a broad portfolio of mobile products, including games such as The Sandbox, Crazy Kings, and Crazy Defense Heroes.

Most recently, Animoca Brands has raised $75.3 million following a fundraising drive that now values the firm at A$8.2 billion ($5.5 billion). The raise was the second part of a $360-million round in January.

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