- 2018 Speakers
PayPal , SVP, APAC CEO
As PayPal’s Senior Vice President of Asia Pacific, Rohan Mahadevan provides strategic direction for one of the company’s fastest-growing regions covering many of the largest commerce markets in the world, including Australia, Greater China, Japan, India and Southeast Asia. Currently based in Singapore, he is responsible for increasing the company’s presence and local payment capabilities to capitalize on the explosive growth of e-commerce and m-commerce across all the markets in Asia Pacific. His deep knowledge of PayPal’s products and capabilities drives the company vision of enabling secure payments anytime, anywhere and any way for millions of APAC consumers.
Rohan has been with PayPal since 2004 in various leadership roles in San Jose, Latin America, Middle East and Africa. During his eight-year tenure in our San Jose headquarters, he improved PayPal’s consumer and merchant protection policies which allows customers to use PayPal safely. He then led the Global Risk Analytics team which was responsible for standardizing PayPal’s risk categories and pioneered the company’s understanding of good and bad customer behaviors through account and network dynamics. This elevated PayPal’s risk capabilities in keeping our systems safe for our customers around the world. Subsequently, in his leadership roles for two of the company’s fast-growing developing markets - Latin America and Middle East & Africa – he focused his team on identifying unique products and policies that addressed the customer needs in these markets. Specifically, he opened PayPal’s first offices to build our domestic businesses in Brazil and Mexico with Portuguese & Spanish language support, and accelerated our cross-border businesses across the region including markets such as Israel and South Africa.
His passion to work and understand the challenges of growing businesses is not new; his career started with his own start-up where he was founder and CEO of Aftermind Inc., a software company in the aftermarket protection industry.
Before he started his own company, Rohan was a post-doctoral scientist at Cambridge University, England. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics from the California Institute of Technology and a PhD from Harvard University in the field of astrophysics.