腾讯内部发文宣布两项人事任命 赖智明、林海峰两高管调岗 – Itxinwen.com
What happened: Tencent has appointed the former head of its fintech business, Lai Zhiming, as the new chairman of Infinium, the digital banking joint venture in Hong Kong between Tencent, ICBC, and Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing. Meanwhile, Lin Haifeng, previously the investment and management partner at the company, has replaced Lai as the new head of the fintech unit.
Why it’s important: The leadership shuffle comes as fintech becomes an increasingly important business unit for the Chinese internet giant. Tencent’s latest financial results show that fintech and enterprise-facing services is its second-largest division, accounting for a quarter of its revenue. The company operates one of the largest mobile payment platforms in China, WeChat Pay, and is a major investor in fintech startups in China and overseas. Tencent recently obtained a license from Hong Kong’s banking regulator, joining companies including Ant Financial and Xiaomi in a race to set up virtual banks in the city.