BEIJING, January 24, 2019 -- Pintec Technology Holdings Ltd. ("PINTEC"; NASDAQ: PT), a leading independent technology platform enabling financial services in China, today announced President Zhou Jing will lead the Company’s international business expansion effort.
“In her capacity as President, Zhou will take responsibility for overseeing implementation of the Company’s strategy to further expand the international business and seek opportunities outside of China,” said Chief Executive Officer William Wei. “This strategy aims to diversify PINTEC’s revenue sources and sustain the company’s profitable growth in the long run.”
“With her 20 years’ risk management experience in multinational banking and fintech, Zhou Jing is ideally suited to guide the development of our business overseas,” Wei said.
Ms. Zhou has served as the president of the Company since January 2018. From May 2016 to January 2018, she served as the chief executive officer of the Dumiao business first under a predecessor prior to reorganization and continued with the position since PINTEC’s inception. From January 2015 to May 2016, Ms. Zhou served as the vice president of retail at the predecessor of PINTEC. Before joining PINTEC, she worked at Standard Chartered Bank and served as the China country credit head from 2013 to 2015 and as the head of credit for retail bank from 2006 to 2013. She served as a business manager at Capital One from January 1999 to 2006 in McLean, Virginia. Ms. Zhou received her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1998.
“PINTEC’s international strategy is to actively explore opportunities to replicate the Company’s success in China to overseas markets both in other parts of the Asia Pacific region, as well as by entering new markets including Europe and North Africa,” Zhou said. “The company is evaluating both developed and emerging markets, with the belief that the experience and expertise accumulated in the China market is readily transferable to overseas markets.“
“The demand for convenient, responsive, smart and inclusive financing solutions has created many opportunities for PINTEC, and these are not constrained by geographic region,” Zhou said. “Our SaaS model is scalable, and applicable to areas beyond China.”
“PINTEC brings digital lending and wealth management solutions that have been proven to work on a large scale in China,” Zhou said. “PINTEC’s technology can help partners in new markets to digitalize their business to reach new customers, and increase operating efficiency.”
“The expansion of PINTEC’s international business will be conducted in a prudent and a calculated manner,” she said.
“As we enter new markets, we will find partners who understand the local market better than us, who know how to communicate with the local regulators, while we can bring the technology and knowhow to enable them to improve these products locally,” Zhou said. “It’s win-win, not competition.”
The international expansion effort will build on a foundation laid over the past two years, in which PINTEC has already established a pair of Singapore-based joint ventures to serve the Southeast Asian market. PIVOT Fintech Pte. Ltd. was formed with FWD Group in October 2017 to provide robo-advisory services. In April 2018, PINTEC joined with United Overseas Bank Ltd. to launch Avatec.ai (S) Pte Ltd., to provide smart risk management solutions and data products to banks, tech companies and fintech companies in the region.
Both of the ventures have made progress since establishment. Avatec has begun to provide smart risk management solutions and data products to banks, tech companies and fintech companies in Indonesia and Vietnam. PIVOT is in communication for robo-advisory solutions with clients in Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong.
“Further expanding the international business will be a key business focus for PINTEC in 2019,” Zhou said.
“Our home market in China is still growing very strong, but it has always been a part of our strategy to seek international opportunities,” Zhou said. “Many members of our management team have a background in markets outside of China. They understand other markets, and how our products are applicable there.”
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