51 - 150 in alphabetical order of CVC unit: Alfonso Villanueva, senior vice-president, global corporate strategy, PayPal, and head of PayPal Ventures

Alfonso Villanueva has been senior vice-president with responsibility for global corporate strategy for digital payments firm PayPal since 2015, during which time he has also been in charge of the company’s corporate venture capital (CVC) arm, PayPal Ventures.

The unit has a remit to invest for financial return in businesses which are at the forefront of innovation in fintech, commerce enablement, digital infrastructure, as well as in and crypto and blockchain technologies.

PayPal Ventures’ recent investments have included participation in the $21m series A round for Stitch, a fintech businesses developing APIs to connect businesses with their customers’ financial accounts, and a role in the $350m series D round for digital asset trading platform Anchorage.

Among the unit’s most notable exits to date have been Cambridge Blockchain, which was acquired by distributed ledger technology firm Blockchains Management in late 2020, as well as fintech firm Dosh, which was sold to Cardlytics in a $257m deal in 2021. Overall, PayPal ventures has made more than 60 investments and currently boasts a portfolio of almost 40 companies.

Prior to joining PayPal in 2015, Villanueva spent more than 15 years with McKinsey & Company, where he served as the managing partner for the firm’s high-tech, media and telecom practices in Asia-Pacific. Earlier in his career, he was the chief innovation officer at Singaporean telecoms conglomerate SingTel, where he was responsible for strategy, investments and partnerships in the digital space, as well as all areas related to growth and innovation. Villanueva has an MBA from London Business School.