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Jean Claude Farah

Western Union
President, Global Payments
As President, Global Payments, Jean Claude Farah is leading the expansion and growth of innovative delivery channels of the company’s business payments portfolio, enabling Western Union’s transformation from a consumer money transfer provider to a full-service cross-border payments leader for consumers and businesses around the world. In his previous role as President, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, Eastern Europe and CIS, Farah was responsible for driving rapid growth in the company’s consumer-to-consumer money-transfer business, adopting innovative delivery channels and making strides in payments to address emerging market opportunities across the region. Farah joined Western Union in 1999 as Marketing Manager, Middle East & North Africa. He has held a variety of progressively responsible positions with the company, including Regional Director, Regional Vice President, Senior Vice President for the Middle East, Pakistan and Afghanistan (MEPA) region and Senior Vice President, Middle East & Africa. In addition to holding a senior executive role with Western Union, a Fortune 500 company, Farah is a thought leader in corporate responsibility and shared value. He is an active member on the board of directors of the Western Union Foundation. Farah started his career in 1995 with Renault SA, where he gained extensive experience in marketing. Prior to joining Western Union, he was Area Manager for Orangina Pernod Ricard, one of the world’s leading beverage brands. Farah, was born and raised in Lebanon and has studied and worked in France. He currently resides in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates. He has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from St. Joseph University in Lebanon and an MBA from the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris in Paris.