The Western Union Company (NYSE:WU), a world leader in money transfer services, today announced the appointment of Stewart A. Stockdale to Executive Vice President and President of the United States and Canada region.
Stockdale, 46, will join Western Union in late June.
"We are delighted to welcome Stewart to our leadership team," said Christina A. Gold, president and chief executive officer of The Western Union Company. "Stewart has distinguished himself as an entrepreneurial business leader with significant financial services experience and a wealth of consumer marketing knowledge. His business acumen will be a tremendous asset to Western Union as we further develop our consumer franchise in the U.S. and Canada," added Gold.
"This is an exciting time to join The Western Union Company," said Stockdale. "The brand has a rich heritage, which will serve as a catalyst for future innovation and growth in the financial services arena."
Since 2002, Stockdale served as chief marketing officer of Simon Property Group and president of Simon Brand Ventures. Simon Property Group is the largest publicly held real estate company in the U.S. He also served as executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Conseco, Inc., a leading provider of financial security for life, health, retirement and lending products and held global marketing and product development roles with MasterCard International and American Express. He began his career in brand management with Procter & Gamble.
David G. Barnes, 46, who has been providing leadership and direction on a variety of important initiatives including the U.S. and Canada business, will now be focused on the corporation's overall strategy and accelerating Western Union's growth initiatives. As the chief strategy officer, Barnes will drive M&A activity and strategic alliances for the company. He will also have responsibility for Western Union's bank strategy. He will continue report to Gold.