First Data recruits Marc Overton as co-general manager of EMEA

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First Data Corporation an electronic commerce and payment processing company has announced that Marc Overton has been appointed co-General Manager (GM) of Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Head of the regions Retail Payments Solutions (RPS) business with immediate effect. Overton will work alongside Roger Bracken, co-GM and Head of the Financial Services business, in the region and both men will report into President of the International Regions, John Elkins.

Overton joins First Data from EE, the company that runs Orange and T-Mobile in the UK, where he held the position of Vice President of Wholesale and Machine 2 Machine (M2M). Prior to this, Overton held senior roles at leading mobile and telecommunications companies including Orange, Wanadoo and Three (Hutchison 3G).

John Elkins, President, International Regions, First Data, commented: Marc brings a wealth of experience and successful performance in the mobile and telecommunications industry to First Data. As the payments industry continues to evolve, mobile will play a much bigger role and Marc and Roger’s combined and demonstrable experience will be critical to how First Data advances in this market.”

Marc Overton, Head of Retail Payment Solutions and Co-General Manager, EMEA, First Data, added: “I am thrilled to be joining First Data at such an exciting time for both the business and the industry as a whole. Much has been said about the convergence between payments and mobile to support connected solutions and a Universal Commerce environment. And First Data, with over 5,000 staff supporting over 500,000 retail clients, 50 million cardholders and 10,000 ATM’s in the EMEA region, is brilliantly placed to make these conversations a reality.”

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