ENGLEWOOD, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
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 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 2010.
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
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.
About The Western Union Foundation
The Western Union Foundation is 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
the Western Union Company, its employees, Agents, and business partners,
the Western Union Foundation works 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, the Western Union Foundation has awarded more than $81.7
million in grants to more than 2,551 nongovernmental organizations in
more than 124 countries and territories. To learn more, visit www.westernunionfoundation.org.
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