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First Data Names Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand

  • 30 January, 2007 10:54

<p>Sydney, 30 January 2007 - Electronic commerce and payment services leader, First Data Corp. (NYSE:FDC), announced today it has named Peter Wright as Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand.</p>
<p>An internal promotion, Wright has been with the company since 1994 in a range of strategic roles. Most recently he held the position of Senior Vice President, Strategic Investments, and maintained responsibility for identifying and executing strategic acquisitions, mergers, alliances and joint venture opportunities throughout Australia, New Zealand and South Asia. Major achievements in this role include the acquisition of the Cashcard ATM network, making First Data the largest independent ATM operator in Australia, as well as the establishment of a merchant alliance business with BankWest, a member of the HBOS Australia group.</p>
<p>Wright has also held senior executive roles within operations and network management; strategic planning; business development and was responsible for the establishment of First Data’s Credit Card Systems Division for the region.</p>
<p>His past experience includes various information technology and management roles in the financial services, thoroughbred racing and securities industries.</p>
<p>“The appointment of Peter to this role was a natural and highly appropriate choice,” said Pam Patsley, President, First Data International. “He has a great depth of experience and understanding of our industry and specific customer requirements. We have total confidence in his abilities, and I know he will provide the vision we need moving forward.”</p>
<p>About First Data International</p>
<p>First Data International, a division of First Data Corporation (NYSE:FDC), is a leading, worldwide provider of electronic commerce and payment solutions for financial institutions and merchants. First Data International serves a diverse range of markets, leveraging global scale through local presence while maintaining focus on individual client needs. The company has more than 7,900 employees and operates across Europe, Middle East and Africa, Latin America, Canada, Australia and Asia-Pacific.</p>
<p>First Data provides services to 4.9 million merchant locations, 1,900 card issuers and their customers. First Data powers the global economy by making it easy, fast and secure for people and businesses around the world to buy goods and services using virtually any form of payment. The company's portfolio of services and solutions includes merchant transaction processing services; credit, debit, private-label, gift, payroll and other prepaid card offerings; fraud protection and authentication solutions; electronic check acceptance services through TeleCheck as well as e-commerce and mobile payment solutions. The company’s STAR-Network offers PIN-secured debit acceptance at 2 million ATM and retail locations across the US. For more information, visit www.firstdata.com</p>
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