Hikmet Ersek is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Western Union Company, a Fortune 500®-ranked global leader in payment services. Ersek has executive management responsibility for a global financial services network and powerful brand spread over 200 countries and territories. Prior to becoming CEO, Ersek served as the company's Chief Operating Officer. He joined Western Union in September 1999, and held several international senior roles of increasing responsibility within the company. During Ersek's tenure as CEO, which began in 2010, Western Union has successfully diversified its business mix. In 2012, Ersek was recognized by Corporate Responsibility Magazine as a Responsible CEO of the Year and by the American Advertising Federation as a Diversity Achievement Career Achiever.