SYDNEY, Feb. 10, 2011 – First Data Corporation, a global leader in electronic commerce and payment services, today announced it has promoted John Tait as its new managing director, Australia and New Zealand. The change, which is effective today, is part of the company's management succession plan. Former managing director Grant Lines, who has held the role since 2008, plans to leave the company on Feb. 16, 2011 following a transition of duties.
Previously, Tait has been senior vice president, Client Relationships and Sales, responsible for the strategy development, effective planning, management and performance of the Sales & Service department, responsible for driving profitable revenue and client retention.
"Having led our Client Relationships and Sales organization, John brings a highly credible customerfocused orientation to his new leadership position," said John Elkins, executive vice president and head, First Data – International. "We look forward to John leading our dynamic Australian & New Zealand business and pursuing growth opportunities for First Data within the ATM, EFTPOS and switching portfolios."
Before joining First Data, in 2001, John worked for the National Australia Bank in a number of different management roles in its Global Payments division, including all aspects of the bank's payment product set. He holds a Master's degree in business administration from the Sydney Graduate School of Management.
Around the world, every second of every day, First Data makes payment transactions secure, fast and easy for merchants, financial institutions and their customers. First Data leverages its vast product portfolio and expertise to drive customer revenue and profitability. Whether the choice of payment is by debit or credit card, gift card, check or mobile phone, online or at the checkout counter, First Data takes every opportunity to go beyond the transaction.
About First Data
First Data powers the global economy by making it easy, fast and secure for people and businesses to buy goods and services using virtually any form of electronic payment. Whether the choice of payment is a gift card, a credit or debit card or a check, First Data securely processes the transaction and harnesses the power of the aggregate data to deliver intelligence and insight for millions of merchant locations and thousands of card issuers in 36 countries. For more information, visit www.firstdata.com .
Sarah Hughes, First Data
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