Western Union Company has appointed David Yates as its new executive vice president for alternative channels.

Mr Yates joins Western Union from First Data Corporation, where he most recently served as executive vice president and president of First Data’s international division.

Mr Yates has extensive international information technology, banking and payment systems experience involving major systems projects throughout the US, Europe and Asia. He has served in executive roles with several major international corporations, including IBM, General Electric and American Management Systems.

Hikmet Ersek, Western Union CEO-elect, said: “In this new role at Western Union, David will be responsible for leading our westernunion.com, mobile and business-tobusiness payments. We believe his skills and experience will benefit Western Union greatly as we continue to focus on electronic and new customer segments, both consumer and business.”