With more than 15 years in the finance industry, Mr. Suripong brings a wealth of experience in building and leading business teams for top national and international banks, and an in-depth knowledge of the payments business. Prior to his appointment at Visa, Mr. Suripong was Executive Vice President and Head of Mass Customer Segment and Future Banking, and Credit Card Products at Siam Commercial Bank. He started his banking career at Citibank as Head of Bankcard Acquisition, Usage and Product Management, and later became its Country Marketing Director.
Mr. Suripong succeeds Somboon Krobteeranon, who has retired after leading Visa’s Thailand business for the past 20 years and played a crucial role in the growth of electronic payments in the country. Suripong Tantiyanon, Visa’s Country Manager Thailand, said: “It’s an honor to be chosen to lead Visa’s team in this dynamic market. I’m looking forward to building on Visa’s strong legacy in Thailand, working with our clients and partners to ensure Visa remains the best way to pay and be paid for everyone everywhere.” Tolan Steele, Visa’s Group Country Manager, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand, said: “We are thrilled to have found a country manager of Khun Suripong’s caliber to lead our business in Thailand. Our country team has done an exceptional job of working with financial institutions, merchants and government partners to build solid, sustainable growth. I believe Khun Suripong will help Visa to deliver even stronger offerings for our clients, and continue to lead and grow the payments industry in Thailand.”
Mr. Suripong holds a bachelor degree in political sciences from Chulalongkorn University and an MBA from Western Illinois University. He is also an adjunct professor at Thammasat Business School, Thammasat University.