SINGAPORE—PayPal has hired Yvonne Koh as head of communications in Asia-Pacific, filling a role that was vacant for the past 12 months.

Koh returns to Singapore after spending a year in the US as an SVP at MSLGroup's New York office. Before that, she spent almost five years leading the agency's Southeast Asian presence.

PayPal's Asia-Pacific communications remit was previously headed by Dickson Seow, who departed last year to lead regional comms for Twitter.

Koh told the Holmes Report that PayPal role was particularly appealing because of the commitment to storytelling under Christina Smedley, who joined PayPal to lead global comms in 2012 and has since expanded her mandate to include brand oversight.

Prior to MSLGroup, Koh also worked at Hill+Knowlton and MDK Consultants in Singapore.