Western Union Holds 2016 Annual Stockholders’ Meeting

Western Union | May 12, 2016

The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU), a leader in global payment services, held its Annual Meeting of stockholders today and reiterated its strategic focus on maintaining leadership in the traditional retail money transfer business, expanding its digital money transfer business, and leveraging its cross-border platform to serve new consumer segments.“Building on a solid business foundation, strong cash flow, earnings per share, stable operating margin and delivery on outlook, 2015 at Western Union was a year defined by continued positive business momentum,” said Western UnionPresident and CEO Hikmet Ersek.“Our performance reflects the evolution of our business model and our leadership in providing cross-border, cross-currency money movement. At the center of our business is our mastery of complex cross-border transactions, making things easier and simpler for consumers and businesses to move money worldwide.”

Spotlight

The banking community has traditionally had a mindset in which there was a guaranteed
“Cradle-to-grave “customer relationship. Consumer mobility between banks was low because
Opening a bank account was a paper-based and arduous process, and switching banks was
a much more onerous task than it is today. The bank owned the customer relationship and
invested in systems needed to deliver the requirements of the full customer lifecycle. These
systems were often separately operated within the same bank. However, this cradle-to-grave
mindset is changing for a number of reasons.


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Awiros raises $7m led by Inflexor and Exfinity to accelerate growth and global expansion

Awiros, Inflexor Ventures and Exfinity Venture Partners | September 15, 2022

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Intrinio, a Leading Provider of Fintech Analytics, Has Now Added ETF Data to Its Platform

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Avalara | August 09, 2022

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Spotlight

The banking community has traditionally had a mindset in which there was a guaranteed
“Cradle-to-grave “customer relationship. Consumer mobility between banks was low because
Opening a bank account was a paper-based and arduous process, and switching banks was
a much more onerous task than it is today. The bank owned the customer relationship and
invested in systems needed to deliver the requirements of the full customer lifecycle. These
systems were often separately operated within the same bank. However, this cradle-to-grave
mindset is changing for a number of reasons.

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