Hikmet Ersek has been the Chief Executive Officer and President of The Western Union Company since September 1, 2010. Mr. Ersek served as the Chief Operating Officer of The Western Union Company from January 1, 2010 to September 1, 2010. Mr. Ersek served as an Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia at The Western Union Company. Mr. Ersek is responsible for all areas of Western Union’s business in the region, including sales, marketing and finance. He oversees the management of 122 countries with more than 166,000 Agent locations.
He joined Western Union in September 1999 as Regional Vice President of Southern Europe. He held various positions at Western Union Co. from July 2001 to October 2002, Regional Vice President, Central and Eastern Europe region, from October 2002 to March 2004 as Senior Vice President of Europe, Middle East, Africa , from March 2004 to September 2006 as Senior Vice President, Europe, Middle East, Africa and South Asia and from September 2006 to December 2008 as Managing Director, Europe/Middle East/Africa/South Asia.
He has been a Director of The Western Union Company since April 26, 2010. Prior to Western Union, Mr. Ersek was employed at GE Money Capital for 4 years specializing in European payment systems and consumer finance. Her worked at Europay/MasterCard from 1986 to 1996 after a professional career as a basketball player. He served as a Director of FEXCO.
Mr. Ersek has a Degree in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Economics, Vienna, Austria.