Western Union Names Patrick Gaston President of The Western Union Foundation

  Western Union Names Patrick Gaston President of The Western Union Foundation

Business Wire

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- January 8, 2013

The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU), a global leader in financial services,
announced today the appointment of Patrick Gaston as President of The Western
Union Foundation.

Patrick Gaston, President, Western Union Foundation (Photo: Business Wire)

Patrick Gaston, President, Western Union Foundation (Photo: Business Wire)

Patrick Gaston will report directly to the Western Union Foundation Board of
Directors Chair, John Dye, with dotted line to Luella Chavez D’Angelo, who was
recently promoted to Chief Communications Officer. Gaston will lead Western
Union’s global philanthropic strategy, including employee engagement, grant
making and strategic initiatives that support education as a pathway to
economic opportunity.

“Patrick is a visionary Corporate Social Responsibility executive with
extensive Fortune 500 global experience and strong knowledge in building
strategic alliances,” said Dye. “Under Patrick’s leadership, The Western Union
Foundation will continue to focus on its mission and commitment to drive
economic opportunity for families around the world.”

Gaston most recently served as president and CEO of Gastal Networks LLC, a
management consulting firm assisting organizations in building results driven
Corporate Social Responsibility and philanthropic strategies. Prior to this,
he served as a senior advisor to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund. Gaston
previously served as president of the Verizon Foundation, one of the 15
largest corporate foundations in America.

Gaston also serves on a number of national non-profit boards including the
NAACP Board of Trustees. He is a member of the board of directors of Bed Bath
and Beyond, Inc. Gaston is a member of the Executive Leadership Council, and
was Vice Chair of the Business Committee for The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

In 2009, Gaston was named one of the top 100 most influential
African-Americans in corporate America by Savoy Professional magazine. He was
also named Corporate Responsibility Magazine Foundation CEO of the year in

Gaston was raised in Haiti, Canada and the United States. He holds a B.A. from
the University of Massachusetts and an M.B.A. from Northeastern University.

About Western Union

The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU) is a leader in global payment services.
Together with its Vigo, Orlandi Valuta, Pago Facil and Western Union Business
Solutions branded payment services, Western Union provides consumers and
businesses with fast, reliable and convenient ways to send and receive money
around the world, to send payments and to purchase money orders. As of
September 30, 2012, the Western Union, Vigo and Orlandi Valuta branded
services were offered through a combined network of approximately 510,000
agent locations in 200 countries and territories. In 2011, The Western Union
Company completed 226 million consumer-to-consumer transactions worldwide,
moving $81 billion of principal between consumers, and 425 million business
payments. For more information, visit www.westernunion.com.

AboutThe Western Union Foundation

The Western Union Foundationis dedicated to creating a better world, where
the ability to realize dreams through economic opportunity is not just a
privilege for the few but a right for all. With the support of theWestern
Union Company, its employees, Agents, and business partners, theWestern Union
Foundationworks to realize this vision by supporting education and disaster
relief efforts as pathways toward a better future. Our combined social
ventures efforts make life better for individuals, families and communities
around the world. Since its inception, theWestern Union Foundationhas
awarded more than$81.7 millionin grants to more than 2,551 nongovernmental
organizations in more than 124 countries and territories. To learn more,


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