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EXECUTIVE TEAM

Western Union pioneered the idea of moving money around the world and has been connecting people globally for over 169 years. As one of the world's leading providers of cross-border business payments, Western Union Business Solutions is transforming how businesses can expand globally through one of the largest and most diverse payment networks in the world.

President Payments

President Payments

Andrew Summerill

Andrew Summerill is the President for Payments at Western Union and a member of the company’s Leadership Team. In this role, he is responsible for the business customer segment (Western Union Business Solutions) its international payments needs, as well as ensuring the company remains a market leader in the cross-border payment sector.

Andrew joined Western Union in the 2011 acquisition of Travelex. He has spent his career at the intersection of payments and internet technology in Finance, Business Development and General Management roles where he has gained invaluable insights into the changing technological, regulatory and customer environment.

Andrew lives in London and holds a degree in Business from Staffordshire University and is also a Chartered Accountant.

Regional VP, Europe

Regional VP, Europe

Frederic Simon

Frederic Simon has been with Western Union Business Solutions since 2014 in various leadership roles and is now the Regional Vice President for Europe, providing payment solutions and foreign exchange services to small / medium enterprises and large corporations. Simon has been expanding Western Union Business Solutions’ products and services throughout the region.

Simon has over 20 years of senior experience in business development, sales, and marketing in technology and financial services at companies such as FIME, Ingenico, and La Cie Canada. His strong business acumen and large international exposure with more than eight years living abroad (Spain, Russia, Singapore, Canada and the USA) give him a unique perspective and capabilities.

Simon has a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Master of Business Administration from INSEAD.

Vice President, Head of Operations

Vice President, Head of Operations

Michel Foricher

As Vice President Operations at Global Payments, Michel Foricher is responsible for ensuring that business transactions are sent and received well and in time by our customers.

Customer satisfaction and service quality are two critical areas under his responsibility in addition to rolling out of systems enhancements for clients. Michel has a team of 700 people located all over the world including mid and back office functions, global operations and accreditation teams. 

Michel Foricher joined Western Union in 2000 as Operations Manager for West Africa. He has held a variety of progressively responsible positions with the company, including Operations Director for Africa from 2001 to 2004, Business development Director for Southern and Eastern Africa from 2004 to 2006, Network Director at SFDP (“Société financière de Paiements”) in France from 2006 to 2009. From 2009 to 2013, Michel Foricher worked in the medical industry managing clinics in Vietnam as General Manager for International SOS. Michel came back to Western Union in 2013 in Dubai as Vice President Service delivery for Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, Russia & CIS. He took over Operations at Payments in September 2017.

Michel started his career in 1995 within the consulting industry in France where he gained extensive experience in network management, productivity, service delivery and operations. He is also Six Sigma and ISO certified and brings to his role a lot of project management experience.

Michel Foricher, a French national, has a bachelor’s degree in Political Sciences from Lille University and a master’s in Project Management and Economy from Paris VI University.

Vice President, Head of Product

Vice President, Head of Product

Scott Johnson

Scott Johnson has worked for various Western Union business units for nearly 20 years, including Paymap, Speedpay, Custom House, and Western Union Business Solutions.

Scott started working as a call center representative for Paymap in late 2000. Over the ensuing decade, he assumed a number of roles within Western Union’s bill payments, ultimately leading Operations functions for several domestic US bill payment products.

Scott was part of the integration team for WU’s acquisition of Custom House, which was eventually renamed Western Union Business Solutions. He has served in several strategic Operations and Product roles since that time, and he’s currently the Head of Product for the business unit.

Scott has helped launch multiple products during his tenure at Western Union Business Solutions, including WU EDGE, the Mass Pay API suite, NGO GlobalPay, and GlobalPay for Financial Institutions.

Scott is based in Denver, where he lives with his wife and two daughters.

Head of Sales Operations and Analytics

Head of Sales Operations and Analytics

Richard Kang

Richard joined Western Union Business Solutions in 2011 as part of Western Union’s acquisition of Travelex Global Business Payments. He has held various roles in the organization including Sales, Pricing, Finance, and Sales Operations in Sydney, Australia and London, United Kingdom.

As the Head of Sales Operations and Analytics, he is responsible for the CRM technology and data strategy across the business covering planning, reporting and analytics. Richard works closely with sales and marketing leadership to maximize insight, process, and performance.

Richard has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Brunel University, and currently lives in London with his wife and daughter.

Head of Commercial Development

Head of Commercial Development

David Swann

David Swann leads the Western Union Business Solutions Commercial Development function, driving a wide-ranging remit focused on adding incremental global commercial value.

With a 20-year background in global Foreign Exchange, Payments and Financial Services, Swann has spent his career occupying a variety of commercially orientated roles.

Prior to his current role Swann was the Director for Business Analysis & Pricing for Western Union Business Solutions, having joined the WU group in 2017 from Travelex.

In his time at Travelex, Swann led the global Retail pricing strategy for the digital and offline business, was the Head of Product for Prepaid cards partnering with Mastercard, had a long secondment in Czech Republic to run the Retail sales team and was their global PR spokesman with insight articles published in the Wall Street Journal and The Financial Times as well as driving thought leadership content via BBC appearances and visibility in several national newspapers.

He started his career with Santander Bank, gaining significant business banking experience in a number of Commercial and Finance roles.

Swann is based on Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, just outside London. He studied at Southampton University in United Kingdom and holds a degree in Accounting & Management Science.

Global Head of Compliance

Global Head of Compliance

Tristan van der Vijver

Tristan van der Vijver leads Western Union Business Solutions commitment to compliance on a global level.

With more than 15 years’ experience managing compliance and global teams, van der Vijver has a deep understanding of international and cross border compliance topics.

Prior to his current role van der Vijver served as Managing Director Regional Compliance Americas, Asia and UK at Commerzbank. During this time he also managed compliance integration in Singapore after the acquisition of Dresdner Bank, and served as Regional Compliance Head for the Americas.

Tristan has also garnered significant experience in financial compliance while working for Lazard, Panmure Gordon and ABN AMRO.

van der Vijver is based in Hammersmith, London. He has studied in both the United States and United Kingdom, and holds degrees in Banking and Economics.

Vice President, Head of Customer & Marketing

Vice President, Head of Customer & Marketing

Nicole Zimmermann

Nicole has a degree in Economics with majors in Marketing and Accounting from Johannes-Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany, with continuing education at London Business School (Marketing Strategies) and Danube University (Certified CRM Program Manager. Nicole joined Western Union in July 2007 as Director of Marketing in a regional role for Central & South East Europe.

Her responsibilities included the development of new marketing strategies and go-to-market approaches for key remittance segments in Europe by analyzing the market and consumer data, segment target groups and developing the most relevant value propositions for the existing customer base. As the region grew, Nicole became Vice President of Europe, Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States. In 2011 Nicole relocated to Denver, Colorado and took on a newly created role to lead the Global Marketing Strategy, Planning and New Customer Segment Development team.

Her role expanded in 2012 to include the Global Customer Relationship Management and Loyalty programs. In 2014 Nicole moved again into a the newly built Transformation Office to support projects around customer experience, marketing and network productivity.This work transitioned into the WU Way and in this capacity, Nicole continued to work on growth and CRM initiatives. From June 2016 to May 2018 Nicole was selected among 10 high potentials to develop and implement the cultural change and lean management program at Western Union called “WU Way”.

Recently she joined the Global Payments business unit as Head of Customer and Marketing to manage our global customer, marketing and communications teams who are responsible for driving the strategic segment marketing and customer experience programs, activities and campaigns.