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Amex beefs up in APAC with key hires

HONG KONG: American Express International has announced the appointments of Desmond Leung to vice president and general manager, Global Merchant Services, Greater China, and Chris Meyrick to vice president, Human Resources, Asia Pacific in further supporting its growth in the region.

In his new role, Leung will spearhead the growth of the American Express network and strengthen relationship with merchants and trade partners in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Mainland China.

Prior to this appointment, Leung was the vice president and head of acquisition and partnerships for American Express Hong Kong Consumer Card Services since 2009, where he led the digitalisation and expansion of cost effective online and digital acquisition channels in Hong Kong. Leung has also championed the development of a number of new co-brand product partnerships, with enhanced customer engagement, and led the establishment of an acquisition team that covers multiple online and offline channels.

Since joining the company, Leung has also held such leadership positions as head of marketing and head of partnerships and rewards in Hong Kong, with extensive exposures in advertising and marketing, loyalty and engagement, partnerships and co-brand management, new product development and rewards program management.

In his new capacity, Meyrick is charged with the responsibility of tailoring human resources strategies and solutions for American Express across 10 markets in the Asia Pacific region.

As a seasoned human resources practitioner, Meyrick has tremendous experience in change management and designing effective human resources initiatives. Before this position, Meyrick oversaw the talent management specifically for American Express OPEN, the company’s small business division in the United States.

Meyrick has held a variety of human resources and business roles in banking and telecommunications prior to joining American Express. He is based in Hong Kong during the tenure.