Voyager Innovations announced on Monday, Aug. 5, that it has appointed Indian executive Shailesh Baidwan as its new president. Baidwan also takes on the same role as president in PayMaya Philippines, Voyager’s fintech arm.
Reporting to founder and chief executive officer Orlando B. Vea, Baidwan will be in charge of the company’s operations and help shape the company’s strategy and business direction.
As an internationally seasoned business leader, Baidwan brings more than 25 years of management, operations, business development, sales, and marketing experience to Voyager and PayMaya.
“We welcome Shailesh to Voyager and PayMaya. I’m confident that his extensive global experience and track record will complement our vision for digital and financial inclusion in emerging markets. His strong management experience will help shape the companies not only as industry leaders but also as employers of choice and responsible corporate citizens,” said Vea.
“Voyager and PayMaya are trailblazers in the Philippine digital financial services industry. Together with the rest of the management team, I am very keen and excited to drive PayMaya’s consumer and enterprise businesses leap of growth to its next phase,” said Baidwan.
Baidwan’s financial services experience includes major management roles at American Express and Visa across the Asia Pacific Region. He spent ten years at American Express in various assignments in Singapore, including a post as vice president of card and lending, and culminating in a four-year stint as CEO of American Express Banking Corporation – India where he also directly headed the consumer issuing business of the company.
Before American Express he had a six-year stint at Visa as director in various roles, overseeing product development and portfolio management as well as marketing for emerging products and services across the Asia Pacific Region.
Baidwan’s most recent responsibility was president of insights and loyalty solutions division at Aimia, which provided technology and marketing services for customer engagement for some of the most recognizable brands globally. Aimia ran some of the largest loyalty programs for clients in major countries across the globe.
Earlier in his career, he spent six years in the fast-moving consumer goods industry (FMCG) with Nestle in India. He finished his Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in Economics at Delhi University and completed his MBA at India Institute of Management, Bangalore.