CIO Magazine Names John David Thompson to CIO Hall of Fame

Press Release By Western Union Published OnJune 5, 2014

ENGLEWOOD, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU), a leader in global payment services, proudly announces that John David Thompson, Western Union’s Executive Vice President, Global Operations & Technology, Chief Information Officer, is a 2014 inductee into the CIO Hall of Fame from IDG’s CIO Magazine.

This prestigious honor is bestowed upon a select group of established executives and visionaries that have had significant impact in the field of IT.

“Entrance into the CIO Hall of Fame is the mark of a distinguished, highly respected career in IT, and the men and women chosen for this honor are carefully vetted by our alumni judges,” said Maryfran Johnson, Editor in Chief, CIO Magazine & Events. “Since our first class of honorees in 1997, each new group represents IT leadership at its very best. The six outstanding CIOs chosen this year are transforming businesses with technology, collaborating across the C-Suite, and demonstrating the kind of innovative spirit that inspires us all.”

Mr. Thompson will be honored during a special presentation at the 27th annual CIO 100 Symposium & Awards Ceremony, being held August 17-19, 2014 at the Terranea Resort in Ranch Palos Verdes, California. As part of the symposium, Mr. Thompson will also deliver a keynote presentation.

“On behalf of all Western Union employees worldwide, I would like to congratulate David on his induction into the CIO Hall of Fame,” said Hikmet Ersek, President and CEO of Western Union. “David exemplifies what it means to be passionate and customer-centric in delivering solutions that can help propel our global business forward.”

Mr. Thompson added: “I am honored and privileged to be a part of the 2014 class of inductees for the CIO Hall of Fame. Over the course of my career, I’ve been able to learn from many exceptional business leaders, who have helped shape my perspective on the impact that information technology can have on corporate strategy and evolution. While the induction is in recognition of my work to date, I also look forward to the future, as we work to support Western Union’s continued success in the international money transfer marketplace.”

For a full list of 2014 CIO Hall of Fame inductees, please visit:

About Western Union

The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU) is a leader in global payment services. Together with its Vigo, Orlandi Valuta, Pago Facil and Western Union Business Solutions branded payment services, Western Union provides consumers and businesses with fast, reliable and convenient ways to send and receive money around the world, to send payments and to purchase money orders. As of March 31, 2013, the Western Union, Vigo and Orlandi Valuta branded services were offered through a combined network of over 500,000 agent locations in 200 countries and territories and over 100,000 ATMs. In 2013, The Western Union Company completed 242 million consumer-to-consumer transactions worldwide, moving $82 billion of principal between consumers, and 459 million business payments. For more information, visit

About CIO Magazine

CIO is the premier content and community resource for information technology executives and leaders thriving and prospering in this fast-paced era of IT transformation in the enterprise. The award-winning CIO portfolio—, CIO magazine (launched in 1987), CIO executive programs, CIO custom solutions, CIO Forum on LinkedIn and CIO primary research—provides business technology leaders with analysis and insight on information technology trends and a keen understanding of IT’s role in achieving business goals. Additionally, CIO provides opportunities for IT solution providers to reach this executive IT audience. CIO is published by IDG Enterprise, a subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the world’s leading media, events, and research company. Company information is available at

About the CIO Hall of Fame Awards

The CIO Hall of Fame was first created in 1997 to spotlight 12 outstanding IT leaders who had significantly contributed to and profoundly influenced the IT discipline, the use of technology in business and the advancement of the CIO role. Ten years later, in 2007, CIO inducted its second class of honorees into the CIO Hall of Fame during CIO magazine’s 20th anniversary celebration. CIO continues to showcase this elite group of CIOs – now numbering 73 – during the CIO Hall of Fame induction ceremony.


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