First Data names Nigel Lee president of China and North Asia business

Source: First Data

First Data Corp. (NYSE: FDC), a global leader in payment services and electronic commerce, announced today the appointment of Nigel Lee as president of its China and North Asia business.

Mr. Lee brings to First Data extensive financial services industry expertise, and more than 16 years experience leading IT and consulting services businesses across Asia Pacific and in the UK.

Since the company's launch into the regional market in 2002 with the first data center of its kind to be certified by the Chinese government, the business has grown exponentially, now serving four of the five largest commercial banks in China, and over twelve other financial institutions across North Asia. Mr. Lee's appointment follows a recent announcement of First Data's expanded presence in China and North Asia through a series of new business relationships that will introduce a broader set of solutions to meet the dynamic demands of the payment services market.

Pamela H. Patsley, president, First Data International said, "I am pleased to welcome Nigel to our international management team as we embark on the next phase of business expansion in the China and North Asian market. Nigel's in-depth knowledge of local industry and regulatory trends, combined with a deep understanding of the global financial services industry, will allow us to build on our solid foundation in the region. I am confident that under his leadership we will be well poised to extend our portfolio of services, and maximize the promise of explosive growth that the region holds for the future.

"First Data has unrivalled payment services expertise globally, and in just three years has built an impressive track record across the region." said Nigel Lee. "Our strategy will include introducing the full breadth of capabilities offered by First Data's product and services portfolio to new and existing clients. I look forward to helping both public and private sector clients leverage our best practices to create world-class payment solutions that will drive business and economic growth as the market evolves."

Mr. Lee joins First Data from Electronic Data Systems (EDS), where he was director of Financial Services, Asia Pacific, with responsibility for pan-Asian financial services, consulting and line management business. Previously, he served as chief information officer of Australian Home Loans Ltd.

Mr. Lee succeeds Henry Tsuei, former China and North Asia president, who concludes his three-year expatriate assignment and returns to First Data in the USA. Mr. Tsuei is credited for establishing the business, and leading a significant expansion of its client base in the China and North Asian region.

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