VISA, the world’s leader in digital payments, is pleased to announce the appointment of Jeff Navarro as its new country manager for the Philippines and Guam, succeeding Dan Wolbert, who has moved to a new role in Visa’s North American operations.Navarro is a seasoned leader who is passionate about the financial payments industry, covering both retail and digital. He joined Visa from Western Union where he was regional vice president for Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Indochina. He was also president and chairman of the Board, Western Union Processing Services Inc. Prior to this, he worked at Smart Communications and Shell, across sales, brand, and business development roles.Welcoming Navarro into Visa’s leadership team, Tareq Muhmood, Visa’s Group country manager for Regional Southeast Asia, said, “I am delighted to have Jeff lead our team in the Philippines and Guam as the country manager. Jeff’s regional experience and in-depth knowledge of the financial services industry will be an asset for Visa and will serve him well in leading our team. Jeff and the team will drive our business agenda with clients, consumers, and regulators in the Philippines & Guam, in line with our purpose to uplift everyone, everywhere by being the best way to pay and be paid.”Navarro said: “It is a great pleasure for me to join Visa, a global leader in payments and money movement, areas which are near and dear to my heart. I am excited and honored to have the opportunity to lead a team of seasoned professionals, who share the drive and passion to further widen financial inclusion for all Filipinos. I look forward to working closely with our clients, fintechs, the regulator, and all stakeholders to grow digital payments in the country, and enable individuals, businesses, and economies to thrive.”Navarro started his career as a consultant at Accenture after completing his bachelor’s degree in Management Economics at the Ateneo de Manila University. (PR)