FDR Limited, the United Kingdom-based subsidiary of electronic payments leader First Data Corp., today announced that Gerald E. R. Hawkins has been named chief executive.
In his new role, Hawkins will oversee First Data’s card processing operations in Europe, including locations in the United Kingdom, Germany and Spain. He will report to Eula Adams, executive vice president of First Data Corp.
“With both extensive payment services and international marketing experience, Gerald will add a new dimension to our existing card business. Under his leadership, I am confident that First Data Resources will continue to enhance and expand our presence in Europe,” said Adams.
Hawkins most recently served as senior executive for Lloyds TSP Group PLC, the United Kingdom’s largest retail bank. He managed Lloyds TSB’s card business, the number two card issuer in the United Kingdom. He is also a director of VISA Europe and VISA International. Prior to the merger of Lloyds and TSP, he was general manager of Lloyds Bank payments business – cards, sterling and foreign payment activities. Hawkins will be located in Basildon, England.
FDR Limited is Europe’s leading independent third party processor, whose services include card transaction processing and related information services. FDRL has approximately 2,500 employees servicing $25 million cardholder accounts on behalf of 50 clients who include major high street banks, building societies and other financial institutions in the United Kingdom and mainland Europe.
Atlanta-based First Data Corp. helps move the world’s money. As the leader in electronic commerce and payment services, First Data serves more than two million merchant locations, 1,400 card issuers and millions of consumers, making it easier, faster and more secure for people and buisnesses to buy goods and services using virtually any form of payment. With more than 30,000 employees worldwide, the company provides credit, debit, and stored-value card issuing and merchant transaction processing services; Internet commerce solutions; money transfers and money orders; and check processing and verification services throughout the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Mexico, Spain and Germany. In addition, its Western Union network includes approximatedly 86,000 agent locations with operations in 178 countries and territories. For more information, please visit the company’s website at [www.firstdatacorp.com].