Jacky Lee: This is a famous quote purportedly by Richard Branson: “Business opportunities are like buses; there’s always another one coming.”

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💼 How did you end up as a CEO? What was your route to this position?

At the start of my career, I honed my skills with top accounting firms like KPMG and BDO. I joined Tranglo as a vice president in January 2016 and was promoted to CEO in 2018.

💼 Why are you the right person to be the CEO of your company?

I bring over 18 years of experience in finance and fintech, along with expertise including external financial audit, Initial Public Offering (IPO) and Reverse Take Over (RTO) exercises, and corporate due diligence.

💼 What gets you up in the morning?

My kids, hah! More than anything else, I always wake up energised because, at Tranglo, we know our work transforms people’s lives daily. I am always excited to see how far we can push boundaries and innovate to empower people financially through accessible payments.

Even if it’s just a small change on our end, we know it will positively impact our stakeholders, and that gets us up and keeps us running.

💼 Who helped you get to where you are today?

My family, colleagues past and present, and business partners. Their inspirational stories have motivated me to work hard to create opportunities wherever I go.

💼 What is the best or worst business advice you have received, and from whom?

Not received, but found. This is a famous quote purportedly by Richard Branson – “Business opportunities are like buses; there’s always another one coming.”

💼 If you could go back in time to when you were a teenager, what life advice would you give yourself?

I would tell myself to get married earlier! No, in all seriousness, I would say to myself to seize the day. It’s inevitable to miss opportunities in life, so I would tell him to live life to the fullest and never give up.

💼 What are the most important values you demonstrate as a leader?

Honesty, transparency, and open-mindedness when seeking collective and mutual agreement. We must ensure our stakeholders are comfortable with what we’re doing.

I can walk fast alone but only expand the business or company with a committed and motivated team.

Therefore, I remind myself and our leaders to be humble and fair at any decision-making level.

💼 How can a leader fail?

As the saying goes, fail to plan, plan to fail. The only way to fail is when we stop focusing and planning.

I believe in proper planning with multiple contingencies. I demand 100% focus, whether we’re having fun or working hard.

💼 What do the next five years hold for you?

My goal is to make Tranglo the outright global leader in cross-border payments. We are embarking on an unprecedented 2-prong approach internally and externally – innovating and creating an even more seamless platform to drive market expansion and establish new payment corridors, especially between developed and emerging economies.

💼 Mentorship is a big business in the West. Do you have any experience with it?

Yes! Mentorship is a big part of Tranglo and our succession planning. Throughout my years as a leader, I’ve been mentored and a mentor to others.

💼 If people want to reach out to you or your business, what is the best way for them to go about doing that?

They can connect with Tranglo or me directly on LinkedIn or visit the Tranglo website for more information and register their interest via >>

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Written by Fredd

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