SHANGHAI, March 29, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- China Rapid Finance Limited ("XRF" or the "Company") (NYSE: XRF), a leading fintech company that operates an award-winning microcredit company and one of China's largest consumer finance marketplaces, announced today the strengthening of its leadership team with the appointments of Steven Foo, Wilson Qin, and Quasi Yao.
Steven Foo brings over 20 years of investment and financing experience as well as financial management and restructuring work experience in Asia. Previously, Mr. Foo served as a member of the Board of Directors and Chief Financial Officer of Hebron Technology, served as an Investment Analyst at Deutsche Bank Alex Brown, worked as Chief Operating Officer of Legg Mason Asset Management (Asia), served as CFO of Asia Pacific for London Asia Capital Plc, and served as the Director of Asia Pacific for International Alliance Associates (IAA), the New York-based private equity placement agent and cross-border strategic advisory firm. Mr. Foo is a Fellow Chartered Accountant, and Certified Public Accountant (CPA). In addition to his experience in U.S. Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) compliance, Mr. Foo has extensive leadership experience in strategy, financial management and capital markets. Mr. Foo joined XRF as Chief Financial Officer as Lan Xie is pursuing a new opportunity.
Wilson Qin is a former Chief Information Officer of Noah (China) Holdings Limited ("Noah"), a leading wealth and asset management service provider, where he oversaw information systems across major business lines. As CIO, Mr. Qin designed Noah's IT strategy and successfully introduced advanced technologies. He brings extensive experience in IT management at financial services businesses. Previously, Mr. Qin served as General Manager of Information Technology at PKU Founder Life Insurance for ten years, and worked at Bank of East Asia for five years. Mr. Qin joined XRF as Chief Technology Officer to oversee IT systems and to lead all aspects of XRF's technological development.
Quasi Yao is a former Senior Manager of Sino-US United MetLife Insurance Company Ltd. ("MetLife"), and brings more than a decade of experience in business and strategic management of multinational corporations. She served as Manager at AIA China, focusing on strategy and business assessment. Previously, Ms. Yao spent more than six years at Aetna International, where she led strategic initiatives to deploy marketing systems in China. Ms. Yao joined XRF to serve as Director of Strategy and Operations, overseeing the Company's high-level strategic planning and execution.
Russell Krauss, co-Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman of the Company, commented, "We are delighted that each of these talented executives has joined us. Steven brings extensive financial, operational, and strategic leadership experience to the Company. Combined with his deep knowledge of the financial industry, his experience will be a valuable asset to XRF as we enter our next phase of development."
Zane Wang, the Company's Founder, Chairman and co-Chief Executive Officer, noted, "Wilson is an exceptional leader with an impressive track record in a variety of key technical functions. His track record includes successful stints as the CIO of a leading wealth and asset management service provider in China, and in senior IT and business development roles in large national financial institutions. His excellent experience and qualifications as an expert in the integration of financial operations and technologies makes him a perfect fit for this important role at XRF."
Russell Krauss added: "Accelerating our strategic development is vital to our future in the fast-paced fintech market in China. We are fortunate to have attracted Quasi Yao to assist in achieving our strategic vision. She will be a fantastic addition who will help us to take our strategy and transformation plans to the next level."
About China Rapid Finance Limited
China Rapid Finance (NYSE: XRF) is a leading fintech company that operates an award-winning microcredit company and one of China's largest online consumer finance marketplaces. The Company enables affordable access to digital credit for one of the world's largest untapped consumer credit markets: China's mobile-active consumers. Facilitating millions of loans annually, the Company utilizes its proprietary, mobile-first technology to select consumers for its platform. China Rapid Finance was founded by Dr. Zane Wang, who has decades of consumer credit industry experience in the U.S. and China. For more information, please visit http://ir.crfchina.com.
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